Invasive Species

Invasive species, or non-native plants or animals that have been introduced into an area, are often very detrimental to native plants, animals and ecosystems. At White Sands National Monument, various measures have been devised to help reduce the effect these organisms have on the park's delicate ecosystem.


A native of the Kalahari Desert, the African oryx, or gemsbok (Oryx gazella), is a large antelope that now lives in southern New Mexico.


Introduced as an ornamental plant from Asia in the late 1800s, the Tamarisk, or Salt Cedar, has become a problem for many areas throughout New Mexico.


African Rue
African Rue was first brought to the United States for its use in making dyes. Due to its aggressive growth, it has since been classified as an invasive species.

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