Rapid deforestation in Haiti began with French colonialism and the introduction of coffee in the early 1700’s. Plantations of coffee, tobacco, and sugarcane led to rapid soil erosion, and with the lack of protection from forests, hurricanes took a larger toll on the island.
Due to deforestation, many of Haiti’s endemic species are quickly facing extinction. Even ocean life has been affected by the country’s drastic change.
One of the most critically endangered species in Haiti is Ricord’s Rock Iguana, which is greatly threatened by agricultural displacement and by being wrongfully hunted under the pretense that they feast on goats.
Some other endangered species on the island of Hispaniola are the Minor Red Bat, West Indian Whistling Duck, Rhinoceros Iguana, American Crocodile, and the Hispaniolan Solenodon.
The following links provide information about the endangered animals at each of our project nations:
Endangered Species in Indonesia: COMING SOON
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