Learn about the Koloa Maoli, Hawaii’s native duck

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 in featured

Koloa maoli (250x167)Introduction

Unbeknown to most, Hawaii’s native duck, the Koloa Maoli, has been a part of the ecosystem of the Hawaiian Islands for over 100,000 years. It is unique to these remote islands – found nowhere else on Earth. Like many native species it is threatened with extinction from the combined forces of habitat loss, introduced predators, historic overhunting, etc., but is unusual in that it faces an additional threat – that of hybridization (or cross-breeding).

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