Nene Goose

Native to the Hawaiian islands the Nene (pronounced nay-nay) Goose

One of the world’s rarest geese, it has been on the endangered species list since 1969.

Anyone who has visited the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust centre at Martin Mere will be greeted by these friendly birds, especially if you are carrying bird seed which they will happily take from your hands.

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nene or Hawaiian goose
nene or Hawaiian goose

Hunted to near extinction, the Nene goose is the world’s rarest goose.  Breeding pairs were successfully introduced into the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust Centre at Slimbridge in the UK by Sir Peter Scott.  The photo was taken today at the WWT centre in Lancashire at Martin Mere.  They are very used to people and will happily feed from your hand.