Life can burst in many strange and unexpected places. From goldmines to heavily polluted canals, and from toilets to radioactive areas, some species, as well as people, can find their perfect habitat, no matter how weird it is.  Here is 10 Weird Urban Ecosystems

1. Medina Zabbaleen, Egypt


Medina Zabbaleen is so full of thrash, it offers very unusual view. The streets and rooftops are all covered with garbage, but not because people are irresponsible. All the thrash is brought by the people who live there in order to recycle it. They take all the unwanted garbage from wealthier people, sort it and recycle about 80% of that. They mostly recycle food, providing feeding for their pigs.

2. Toilet Snakes

Urban Ecosystems

Although many think that toilet snakes are just an urban legend, there are stories that prove the existence of this weird urban ecosystem. Mainly, that’s pets which have run away from home through the plumbing systems and found their way to someone else’s toilet. There are few cases in which Americans have found unwelcome guests in their toilets, while in India and South East Asia it occurs more often.

3. Urban Monkeys in Malaysia

In times when big cities in Malaysia grow more and more, destroying the natural habitat of many animals becomes necessary. That’s one of the ways that lead to extinction of some species, but the monkeys in Malaysian cities still manage to resist. They live among people, not in harmony however, spending time begging for food. They may be also dangerous to the people, as many of them carry herpes, malaria, blood parasites and other bacteria that could be transmitted to people.

4. Baboons in South Africa

As well as in Malaysia, the recent expansions of South African cities lead to destroying of animal’s habitats. However, the baboons in South Africa are a little bit more aggressive than the Malaysian ones, and have become subject of euthanasia for repetitive disturbing. Animal rights activists call for peaceful coexistence, but no one hears them.

5. Cape Town Penguins, South Africa

Penguins inhabited Cape Town for a first time back in 1983 and became an attraction for the beach visitors. By 1997, thanks to reproduction and immigration their number raised to 2350, and the noise and the mess they were doing became unbearable. Now they’re fenced by Cape Peninsula National Park in order to be kept away from the bathers and nearby residents.

6. Wild Boars in Berlin

The mild winters and the large number of wooded parks are the main reasons why the wild boars feel good in one of the Europe’s most vibrant cities. They have caused many car accidents and many property damages, but the animal rights activists managed to save them from killing. Now, about 7000 wild boars live in Berlin, creating one of the weirdest urban Ecosystems.

7. Animals in the Chernobyl Zone

The nuclear disaster in Chernobyl in 1986 destroyed the area of the town and made it the world’s most undesirable place to live. People still feels the consequences, the animals feel them as well, but they were probably happy enough to find a place where people are not present. Moose, wild boars, beavers, wolves, deer, inhabit the area, although radiation still affects them.

8. Dogs in Moscow Metro

About 35,000 stray dogs in Moscow live in one of the world’s weirdest Ecosystems, the Moscow Metro. The dogs have adapted to the new surrounding, developing new tactics for survival. They know how to send the youngest in the pack to go begging for food from the people, they bark loudly hoping that someone will drop some food to the ground, and, most interesting of all, they know how to travel all around the city using the metro.

9. Microbes in the Gowanus Canal

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is one of the most disgusting sites that you could ever experience. It’s full of chemical sludge, raw sewage, discarded medical supplies and many other disgusting things that you could think about. Believe it or not, the canal is home of a fish. Of course, it’s too contaminated to eat; it’s unbelievable how the fish lives there at all, but the credits go for the microbes which live also inhabit the canal. Scientists believe that such microbes, which manage to survive in so toxic environment, could help them find cure for many diseases, such as AIDS, Alzheimer, and heart diseases.

10. Bacteria in South Africa Mine

The Mponeng goldmine in South Africa is home of the bacteria named Candidatus Desulforudis. Bacteria can be found at many weird places, but finding it two miles beneath the ground level is unbelievable. It lives in dead environment, getting energy from the uranium in the rocks. The discovery of this bacteria led scientists to the question if there is possibility of life on other planets in conditions different than those on Earth.