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Traffic sign to be aware of Hawaiian geese (Nene), Volcanoes national park, Hawaii

Traffic sign to be aware of Hawaiian geese (Nene), Volcanoes national park, Hawaii

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Uploaded 08 Sep 2016 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2016
From collection: Nature reserves in Hawaii
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The nene is the world's rarest goose. It is believed that it was once common, with approximately 25,000 Hawaiian geese living in Hawaiʻi when Captain James Cook arrived in 1778. Hunting and introduced predators, such as small Asian mongooses, pigs, and cats, reduced the population to 30 birds by 1952. The species breeds well in captivity, and has been successfully re-introduced; in 2004, it was estimated that there were 800 birds in the wild.
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