Plants and Animal Resources at Risk in Kilauea's Eruption

HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (KHNL) -  This latest phase of Kilauea's eruption could possibly endanger some plant and animal species native to Hawaii.

According to the park's Chief of Natural Resources Management, the area where the lava flow surfaced contains the park's 2,500 acre East Rift Rainforest. The area is protected from invasive, non-native plants and animals.

The area is home to the endangered I'o, or Hawaiian Hawk, found only on the island of Hawai'i. The lava flow also threatens a number of rare plant species including Hawaiian lobeliads, mints, ferns, and this rare jewel orchid.