In this issue, we officially inaugurate the 2022 Save the Species campaign, targeting the ex-situ conservation of the critically endangered palm Pritchardia woodii.
Pritchardia woodii is a critically endangered (IUCN Red List) species. It is endemic to Maui (and specifically to the Waiho’i Valley on the eastern edge of Haleakalā), and fewer than 500 individual plants remain in the wild. The habitat for this palm is characteristically wet forest with challenging terrain making conservation difficult. Seed predation by rats has resulted in declining populations.