Down to the last plant: The painstaking work of extinction prevention

By: Renee Lewis / Source:

KAUAI, Hawaii—When botanist Steven Perlman first started working with the Brighamia insignis, a critically endangered Hawaiian flower species, there were still several hundred of them left in the wild.

“Right now we think there’s one plant left,” said Perlman, who now works in the Plant Extinction Prevention Program, or PEPP, at Kauai’s National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG).

Perlman can often be found rappelling down cliffs, hiking deep in forests, or roping across waterfalls searching for the most endangered native plants in Hawaii…

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