By Josie February 16th, 2023
Hawaii is renowned for amazing beaches with warm waters, and beautiful mountain ranges.
The wildlife of Hawaii can be as mysterious as it is beautiful.
They are usually seen in smaller pods or groups of less than 10 individuals.
Intelligent and high up on the oceanic food chain, dolphins are found to engage in playful activities including bow riding where they surf in front of a boat or even a whale’s bow wave.
These bats are solitary tree roosters, attaching themselves to the tips of branches on a tall tree.
Weighing in at only ½ oz, these little acrobats are hard to find and even harder to study.
The rarest seal species on Earth, with only about a few hundred remaining, the endemic Hawaiian monk seal is found only in Hawaii.
These seals come to the shore for basking, resting, or giving birth, pups are particularly vulnerable and therefore must not be disturbed at any cost.
The Indian mongoose is a non-native species in Hawaii.
It was introduced to the archipelago in 1883 from India to control the rat population in the sugar plantations of Hawaii.
The axis deer or chital, native to the Indian subcontinent, are well-known for their spotted coat, docile nature, and graceful gait.
This deer was first introduced in Hawaii when Hong Kong gifted one to King Kamehameha V, the ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii (1863 to 1872).
In Hawaii, humans introduced these wallabies as exhibits in a Hawaiian zoo.
In 1916, a small population of brush-tailed rock-wallaby managed to escape the zoo.
As these animals bred outside in the wild, a feral population of these creatures was established.
Hawaii is the home of the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle.
Hawksbill seat turtles prefer to feast on sea sponges and can often be found in coral reefs.
Hawaii was once the epicenter of endemism with about 113 endemic bird species.
However, today the birds of Hawaii are the most threatened species of birds of the entire planet.