Hawaiian Goose, Nene (Branta sandvicensis)
AS its name suggests, this species is found only on the Hawaiian Islands in the wild and is the state bird of Hawaii. In 1950, only about 40 Nene remained. Thanks to an extensive conservation program & avicultural effort, the bird today now numbers more than 1,000 in the wild & 3,000 in captivity worldwide.
The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer, but when the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again. - William Beebe, 1906
We depend on our programs & donations to help fund the care and housing for our animals, most of which are either rescues or surrenders. We seem to be always taking in new animals that need a home or different situation, their care adds up. If you would like to help support Animal Wonders, it would be greatly appreciated. We are always in need of donations, caging material, lumber, crates, aquariums, straw, & newspapers.