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Hawaii Is The Endangered Species Capital Of The World

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Hawaii makes up less than 0.2% of U.S. land, but over 25% of species found on the nation's endangered species list are endemic to Hawaii, earning it the rather unflattering title of “endangered species capital of the world.”

Preserving native forests is critical for supporting these species, but unfortunately invasive species are a major threat in Hawaii. As Josh Serrano explains on the blog Unreal Hawaii, “Not all plants brought by humans are invasive, but the invasive plants tend to grow fast, mature fast, and produce many seeds which allow them to invade native forests over a short period of time.”

“Native forests provide erosion control,” Serrano explains. They also provide, “habitat for native species, cultural resources, clean air, and water.” In other words, preserving native forests and protecting endemic species should be a priority. Read more about Hawaii’s native environment and learn about the Koke‘e Resource Conservation Program (KRCP).

The below five endangered species can only be found in Hawaii:

The carnivorous caterpillar (Eupithecia spp.)

(This whole video is worth watching!)

The Nananana Makakiʻi or “Happy Face Spider” (Theridion grallator)
happy face spider

The Hawaiian honeycreepers

Koki‘o ‘ula‘ula (Hibiscus kokio ssp. saintjohnianus)
kokio keo keo

Mikinalo (Drosera anglica), or Hawaii’s only native carnivorous plant. (Watch this fly get destroyed!)
drosera anglica

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