"2004: Hawaiian cyanea tree discovered. This large, tree-like shrub is endemic to Hawaiian island of Maui. Sadly, there were fewer than ten Hawaiian cyanea trees remaining by 2008. In Hawaii it is listed as a “Species of Greatest Conservation Need”, and significant efforts are being made to preserve the remaining individuals."
SAVE A REAL SEAL™ HELP CONSERVE A SPECIES. Become part of the effort to save the Hawaiian monk seal. Link with a real monk seal in the Hawaiian Islands scientists working to save them. Adopt a plush seal describe your ocean conservation ideas or nominate a “marine hero,” you will be given responsibility for one of the last remaining tropical seals. There’s only one toy for each of the 1100 remaining monk seals in the wild, each tagged with its unique NOAA ID. This is YOUR seal to save.
The Hawaiian Islands are an ideal place to model plant community response to climate change because large portions of these high elevation tropical islands are protected as conservation lands.
Highly endangered Monk seals have been called “living fossils” because they are considered to be on the order of 14-16 million years old. We certainly don’t want to watch them become extinct! We hope that gaining insight into the diet of the small increasing Main Hawaiian Islands monk seal population will help us understand this species better and help to conserve a highly endangered species, before it is too late.
Hawaiian Monk Seal's Extraordinary Life Illustrates Conservation Challenges