National Park of American Samoa Quarter
The National Park of the American Samoa is 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii. It is one of the most remote parks in the U.S. National Park System. The park protects the culture of the American Samoa people and natural resources.
The site consists of 13,500 acres spread over parts of three islands, Tutuila, Ta’ū, and Ofu. Most of the land area of these volcanic islands is tropical rainforest. About 4,000 acres of the park are underwater, offshore from the islands.
The park is home to unique plants, animals, fish, and corals. Bats are the only native mammals found in American Samoa. There are two species of fruit bat and one insect-eating bat living on the islands. They play an important role by pollinating plants and dispersing fruit bearing seeds.
The quarter’s design features a Samoan fruit bat mother with her pup. It is intended to bring awareness to the species’ threatened status due to habitat loss and hunting.