"The site is of universal importance because of its biodiversity with rich and distinct flora and fauna: 37 percent of Socotra's 825 plant species, 90 percent of its reptile species, and 95 percent of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world," the UNESCO World Heritage Committee said in a press statement on July 8, 2008.
Once a rain forest teeming with life, the cliffs hold fossils from 148 ancient species and 20 groups of fossil footprints.
The healthy, intact marine ecosystems are home to threatened fish species, turtles, and the world's third largest population of dugongs, large vegetarian mammals related to manatees.
The lagoons were named a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2008.
The park was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2008.
The steppe and lakes in this mostly dry region were named to the United Nation's list of natural World Heritage sites in July 2008.
The area was named a UNESCO World Heritage site on July 8, 2008.