The Nene

Hawaiian Goose (Nēnē) – approximately 2,050
Branta sandvicensis
Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

To protect this native Hawaiian bird from hunters and introduced predators, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has put breeding geese in pens, restored native plant foods, and closed some areas to visitors. These safe havens may give the nēnē, Hawaii’s state bird, a fighting chance.

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