Ungulates and the Forest

Feb 2, 2016

Introduced feral goats can devour vegetation and reduce the Hawaiian rainforest to bare dirt. Field cams alert Conservancy staff to their presence and location.
Credit The Nature Conservancy

One of the most notorious and well documented threats to Hawaiʻi's forests ecosystem, comes in the form of sheep, pigs, and goats – the ungulates. The ungulates are responsible for much of the ecological devastation that has befallen the forest understory. Many precious plants species have been brought to the brink of extinction by the insatiable appetites of the ungulates.

Christopher Phillips explains...