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Jungle Gems: Some of Maui’s Unique Wildlife

This piece of paradise is not only a haven for plant life but also for some of the island’s most fascinating animals, including the elusive wild boar, majestic peacock, and the endemic owl. Each holds a place of ecological importance and cultural significance. Read more to learn about some of Maui’s unique wildlife!

Maui's Unique Wildlife: Peacock sitting in the grass

The Peacock (Pavo cristatus):

A Symbol of Renewal and Beauty

These magnificent birds, with their resplendent tails and enigmatic calls, add a touch of opulence to our tour. Though not native, they have been part of the island’s landscape for over a century. The Ali’i (royalty) quickly embraced the peacock as a symbol of status and power. They serve as a natural pest control, feeding on insects, reptiles, and rodents. Their presence in the Garden of Eden serves to remind us of Hawaii’s rich royal heritage and the importance of maintaining the delicate balance of its diverse ecosystem.

Maui's Unique Wildlife: Wild Boar in a forest

The Wild Boar (Sus scrofa):

A Challenger and Creator

Introduced by early Polynesian settlers, the wild boar plays a complex role in Hawaii’s ecosystem and culture. It is respected and feared as a formidable opponent in hunting traditions, symbolizing strength, courage, and the untamed nature of the islands. Known as the Pua’a to the Hawaiians, the pig is said to have woven its magic into the very fabric of the islands, helping to shape them into the enchanting paradise they are today. Ironically, their destructive behavior to the native ecosystem has led to concern. Due to their increase in numbers it is likely you may spot one on your rappelling tour.

The Pueo, Hawaii's Native Owl on a fence post

The Pueo (Asio flammeus sandwichensis):

Hawaii’s Native Owl

The Pueo, or Hawaiian short-eared owl, is one of the few native birds in Hawaii and a deeply revered ‘aumakua or family guardian spirit. The presence of a Pueo is believed by the Hawaiians to offer protection and guidance. Unlike most owls, the Pueo is diurnal, active during the day. It is usually found in open grasslands and the edge of forests. However, it is rumored to be seen in the Garden on rare occasions. Unfortunately, the Pueo faces many threats. For that reason, it has become a symbol of the enduring bond between Hawaii’s natural world and its cultural traditions. Consider yourself lucky indeed to spot this one on your rappelling tour with us!

The Garden of Eden is filled with even more of Maui’s unique wildlife than just the majestic peacock, or endemic owl or wild boar. We invite you to book a tour with us today and experience them for yourself!