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Hawaiian Monk Seal

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THE STORY:

The Hawaiian Monk Seal is almost extinct. One of only two monk seal species left on Earth, the small population of about 1,100 individuals is threatened by human encroachment, very low levels of genetic variation, entanglement in fishing nets, marine debris, disease, and past commercial hunting for skins. In Hawaii there is a hospital that helps injured, ill, and orphaned Hawaiian monk seals. 

The Lush funding provided much needed resources to our Hawaiian monk seal response networks on the Islands of O’ahu and Moloka’i. We purchased the necessary supplies to create seal protection zones, which are integral to the long-term survival of the seals on these populous islands because they establish a barrier between the animal and humans, granting the seals’ habitat to engage in their natural instincts. Lush provided funding to be used for emergency seal responses, such as hookings, injuries, entanglements, etc., which is paramoun.  So there are things that help but they need more help.

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