Skull Island mammals

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The following is a list of mammals living on Skull Island across the various continuities and stories featuring King Kong.

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RKO

Name Image Appearance(s) Description
Humans
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King Kong,
Son of Kong
Main article: Humans.
At some point in history, humans arrived on Skull Island and built a civilization with a giant wall to keep out the island's menagerie of dangerous creatures. They worshiped Kong, and sacrificed women to him. When their god escaped, they tried to help keep him contained, but many perished in the attempt. In Son of Kong, the natives blamed Kong's kidnappers on their recent hard times, and refused to let them back on the island before they perished when it sank into the sea.
King Kong
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King Kong,
Son of Kong
Main articles: King Kong, Kiko.
King Kong was the god of the natives of Skull Island, a colossal bipedal ape possessing immense strength. Kong was captured by a film crew and met his demise after being brought to New York, leaving behind a son Kiko. When filmmaker Carl Denham returned to the island, he befriended Kiko who helped him obtain the island's treasure and gave his life to ensure Denham escaped the island as it sank.
Cave Bear
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Son of Kong
Main article: Cave Bear.
At least one gigantic bear lived on Skull Island, and attacked Kiko after spotting humans in the jungle.

Universal

Name Image Appearance(s) Description
Humans
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King Kong,
King Kong: The Island of the Skull,
The World of Kong
Main article: Humans.
Humans had inhabited Skull Island for thousands of years. The first civilization of Skull Island natives dominated the island and built cities and monoliths all throughout it. It is possible that these first colonists brought the ancestors of the Kong with them from their original home. However, due to unknown circumstances, their civilization collapsed, and had been collapsed for at least one thousand years before the Venture's arrival.[1] By that time, the human culture on the island was not even descended from the original islanders. These new arrivals, in adapting to the unforgiving environment of Skull Island lived in the ruins of their predecessors' catacombs, and had regressed considerably. What crude garments they wore were knotted together out of their own hair and bits of bone[2]. Living in the shadow of their predecessors' great wall, the only thing keeping them safe from the horrors of the jungle, the crumbling coastline that lead to the savage waters also claimed its share of their lives. The bravest of their number would tether themselves together with crude ropes and pole-vault between rocks and sunken buildings to hunt for anemones, crabs, shellfish, and seaweed. Because of the scarcity of resources, Skull Islanders were always in fierce competition, and thus what someone else had could be taken by force, and thus the will of the strong prevailed. Their primitive societal structure was governed by a shaman-women who facilitated sacrifices to Kong. While all the forces of nature were divine and mysterious to the Skull Islanders, none was more powerful than Kong. They believed that by offering him sacrifices timed with tremors in the earth, they might be granted respite from his wrath.[3] The men of their tribe went through facial scarification as a rite of passage, as they formed new identities represented by the markings on their face. The shaman women led the loosely guided tribe through their maternally transferred title, with each one surrounded by acolytes. The girl chosen for sacrifice was taken from her family, who were allowed to make her ceremonial necklace out of hair, feather, and bone, before they were offered, drugged or screaming, to the beast-god.
Fur seal
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King Kong,
The World of Kong
A population of fur seals seasonally nested on Skull Island's coast, where they were preyed upon by the Tartarusaurus that inhabited the area.[4]
Volucerictis
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King Kong,
The World of Kong
Volucerictis were insectivorous mammals boasting 15 to 18 inch wingspans related to the Terapusmordax. At dusk they emerged from their roosts in caves or hollow trees to hunt with their impressive night vision. Being fiercely territorial, solitary individuals and mated pairs would tolerate no interlopers near their roosts, particularly when they were guarding young. It was not unheard of for individuals to die in airborne disputes. If a larger carnivore chose to prey on Volucerictis they would defiantly fight, scratch and bite their opponents until their last breath.
Gaur
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The World of Kong Gaur were a species of cattle, whose being identical to mainland Asiatic species suggested that they had arrived on Skull Island recently, possibly in the last thousand years. This timeframe suggested that they had been brought to the island by the original human inhabitants. The Guars survived surprisingly well in the jungle. Their horns made them formidable foes to their main predator, the Venatosaurus, and their dark coloration allowed them to blend in to their jungle surroundings.
Burglar Monkey
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The World of Kong Burglar Monkeys were a species of one to two foot long monkeys that were more akin to tarsiers and loruses than true monkeys. They could be found climbing in the jungle's high canopy eating fruit, nuts, flower buds, insects and eggs. Not being especially fast, or in possession of defensive structures, Burglar Monkeys avoided predators by hiding in communal dens during the day and emerging at dusk, when their keen senses allowed them a greater edge.
Howler
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The World of Kong Howlers were flying rodents with four to five foot wingspans that lived in the jungles of Skull Island. With their leathery wings, sharp teeth, eerie calls, and bulbous eyes, the bat-like predators searched the dark for birds, rats, large insects, and lizards. A favorite food of theirs was the Skull Island White Bat, which they tore from their roosts as they slept in the daytime, or hunted at dusk.
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Skull Island White Bat
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The World of Kong Skull Island White Bats were a small species with seven to nine inch wingspans that were not true bats. They were instead an analagous species with rodent ancestry. Despite this, they had large ears and hunted insects and centipedes in the night by sonar.
Terapusmordax
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King Kong,
The World of Kong
Main article: Terapusmordax.
Terapusmordax were a species of flying rodent with a eight to ten foot wingspan, and a stench that Project Legacy scientists recorded as being enough to make noses bleed.
Skin-bird
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The World of Kong Skin-birds were another flying rodent with a five to seven foot wingspan. They lived in solitude and were more of gliding rodents than fliers. Not being particularly adept at flying, and thus prevented from catching prey on the wing, Skin-birds hunted lizards and other terrestrial prey. They were one of the only species unaffected by Terapusmordax's scent, and would fly into their roosts to prey on their young, but had to be fast in this practice or they would be overwhelmed by the larger creatures.
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Megaprimatus kong
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King Kong,
The World of Kong
Main article: King Kong.
Megaprimatus kong were eighteen to twenty-five foot tall apes that had been hunted nearly to extinction by Vastatosaurus rex at the time of Skull Island's discovery. While they had lived on the island for many thousands of years, the Megaprimatus were certainly not native to the island and were likely brought from mainland Asia. While they physiologically resembled African gorillas, it is theorized that they descended from Gigantopithecus. Regardless, they had vastly increased in size in a short time, whether as a response to Skull Island's harsh environment or through selective breeding none can be sure. Ape effigies left by the original human inhabitants of Skull Island point to their being revered by those people.
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MonsterVerse

Name Image Appearance(s) Description
Humans
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Kong: Skull Island,
Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
Main article: Humans.
Thousands of years ago, the Iwi tribe arrived on Skull Island and were protected by Kong's ancestors. The Iwi civilization thrived in isolation, and were only rarely visited by outsiders who became trapped on the island. The only outsiders who survived on the island and lived alongside the Iwi for an extended period of time were Hank Marlow, Gunpei Ikari, and Aaron Brooks.
Sker Buffalo
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Kong: Skull Island
Main article: Sker Buffalo.
A species of giant bovine creatures known as Sker Buffalo call Skull Island home. They are one of the few Skull Island creatures that are not inherently hostile to the humans.
Kong's species
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Kong: Skull Island,
Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
Main article: King Kong.
Since ancient times, the giant apes that lived on Skull Island fought with the Skullcrawlers for their lives, and by the time that humans first arrived, there were only two members of the species left. Eventually they too were killed, but they left behind a son who would come to be known as Kong, a word in the Iwi language meaning "The Mountain that Thunders Death." Kong's species were benevolent and altruistic creatures whose assumed the duty to shepherd over the other life on the island and protect it from the more vicious and violent species of the island which threatened it, namely the Skullcrawlers. As the last of his kind, Kong continues their mission, earning him the status of a god among the Iwi.
Death Jackal
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Skull Island: The Birth of Kong
Main article: Death Jackal.
Spinae Mortem are a species of large and vicious carnivorous canines that hunt in packs on Skull Island.[5]

Kong of Skull Island

Name Image Appearance(s) Description
Humans
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Merian C. Cooper's King Kong,
Kong: King of Skull Island,
Kong of Skull Island,
Kong: Gods of Skull Island,
Kong of Skull Island 2018 Special
Main article: Humans.
Long ago, two rival peoples known as the Tagu and Atu arrived on Skull Island. Trapped on the island together, they gradually merged together into the singular Tagatu people, though some tribal divides still remained. While initially the Tagatu were masters of the island's wildlife and tamed and bred several species, they were eventually forced to cower in a village located behind a massive wall, living in fear of the island's predators. By the 20th century, they worshiped the last living member of the Kong, and frequently carried out sacrifices to appease him.
Kong
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Merian C. Cooper's King Kong,
Kong: King of Skull Island,
Kong of Skull Island,
Kong: Gods of Skull Island,
Kong of Skull Island 2018 Special
Main article: King Kong.
When the Tagu and Atu first arrived on Skull Island, they brought with them their gigantic selectively bred apes known as kong. Once the Tagatu fled behind the wall and lost their connection to the island's wildlife, the remaining kong moved to the jungles of the island and continued to live in the wild. Ultimately, the species disappeared and only three kong were left behind: two mates and their juvenile son. The mother and father were both slain by Gaw and her Deathrunners, while the son escaped and grew up, finally taking his revenge by slaying Gaw and becoming the island's new king.

Kong Reborn

Name Image Appearance(s) Description
Humans
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Kong Reborn
Main article: Humans.
Humans once lived on Skull Island, and had likely brought apes they worshiped from Africa to the island which evolved into Gorilla gigans. However, by 2009 there were no humans left on the island, and what happened to them remains a mystery.
Giant Gaur
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Kong Reborn Herds of a gigantic species of black-skinned bovine with thin fur populated the jungles of Skull Island. They resembled the bull Gaur of Southeast Asia, but stood nine feet tall at the shoulder, and weighed at least three tons. Their curving horns were three feet long, and curved out and upward.[6] They were a typical prey species of the Meat-Eaters, and. In 2009, a Gaur was taken after trying to run away after hearing the creature approach from the jungle while it was grazing.
Giant One-Horned Rhino
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Kong Reborn Gigantic rhinoceros with only one horn on their noses could be seen in the jungles.
Gorilla gigans
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Kong Reborn
Main article: King Kong.
Gorilla gigans was a species of gigantic gorilla that inhabited a type of sanctuary deep within the jungle. The original King Kong was a member of this stable species, and it is unknown why he lived away from them.
Gorilla insulaecranii
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Kong Reborn
Main article: Kong Mark II.
Gorilla insulaecranii was a species classification given to the cloned Kong. Due to its being composed of several types of ape DNA including that of Gorilla gigans, Gorilla gorilla, and Pan paniscus, it was given its own specie. In 2009, the sole individual of the species was introduced to Skull Island, and was accepted into the native troop of Gorilla gigans.

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References

This is a list of references for Skull Island mammals. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Weta Workshop. (November 22, 2005) The World of Kong, pp. 152-153. Pocket Books. ISBN-10: 1-4165-0519-9. 978-4798611372.
  2. Peter Jackson. (2005) A Natural History of Skull Island, Universal Studios.
  3. Matthew Costello. (October 25, 2005) King Kong: The Island of the Skull, Pocket Books. ISBN-10: 1-4165-1669-7.
  4. Falconer, Daniel, Weta Workshop. The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island. Pocket Star. p. 26. 22 November 2005. ISBN: 978-1-4165-0519-8.
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  6. Russell Blackford. Kong Reborn. ibooks. p. 213. November 1, 2005. ISBN: 1596871334.
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