Endemic Capitol of the World

Endemic Capitol of the World

May 2, 2019

Hawaii’s isolation makes it the world capital of endemism – meaning, for its size, Hawaii has the highest rate of species that exist nowhere else on Earth.

Any plants or animals that arrived before humans, carried on wind or water, were only successfully established at the rate of one new species every 25,000 to 50,000 years. These endemic species are incredibly vulnerable.

The most dangerous threats to Hawaiian species are non-native and invasive plants and animals. Lacking any large native herbivorous mammals, Hawaiian plants are not adapted to survive browsing and trampling. Invasive feral Axis deer, pigs, goats, sheep, and cattle are responsible for widespread destruction of lowland ecosystems and continue to degrade remaining native ecosystems.

By hunting these invasive species, you are actually helping lessen our impact and the impact of species that we have introduced on and to this beautiful and rare place.