05 Dec Mitiaro Fan Palm numbers slowly increasing
The Cook Islands National Environment Service Ridge-to-Reef Project Coordinator Maria Tuoro has recently returned from Mitiaro where an assessment was carried out on the Mitiaro Fan Palm or Iniao, which is endemic to Mitiaro.
Through the assessment, the Iniao is now growing outside of its usual habitat inland where it was thought that around 200 palms remain. The Iniao has seen to be growing at residences of a small number of individuals and is said to be thriving. This is a positive outcome for the Iniao which is currently listed as an ‘endangered species.’