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Goose, Hawaiian (Branta sandwicensis)
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Goose, Hawaiian (Branta sandwicensis)

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As its name suggests this shy goose is a native of the Hawaiian Islands. Locally known as the Nene because of its call this goose was faced with extinctive during the middle of the last century. Introductions of animals such as cats, rats and mongooses had caused a crash in the population so hard that numbers went down to 50 birds. Nowadays though this little goose represents a success story as captive breeding by the Wetland Wildfowl trust proved successful. Eventually, these birds were reintroduced back to the islands and were given better protection from predators. Now there are over 800 birds living in the wild.

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