PIFWO, working with partners, conserves endangered and threatened mammals and their habitats and ecosystems in order to prevent further species extinction. Hawaii’s state mammal is the Hawaiian Hoary Bat. There are also bats native to American Samoa, Guam and CNMI and other islands in the Pacific.
Bats are extremely beneficial to the ecosystem and provide many services which directly benefit humans. Bat species not only pollinate many of our native plants and crops, but they also save us billions on pesticides by eating harmful insect pests. Additionally, bat research has led to advancements in vaccines, sonar, radar, and other technologies. There are currently four species of bat that are of conservation concern in the Pacific. Click on the links to learn more about each species.
The Hawaiian Monk Seal is is listed as an endangered species. It is managed and regulated by the Protected Resources Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are around 1,000 monk seals left in the world. Among the many threats they face are low genetic diversity, human development of shorelines, entanglement, marine debris, disease, and poaching.