PUBLISHED: 10:20 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 15:55 20 February 2013
Rarest goose in the world has goslings at Arundel Wetland Centre
A pair of Nenes or Hawaiian geese hatched three goslings on Friday at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre.
The fluffy goslings, 4 days old today, have been moved with their mother to our specially designed outdoor duckery facility where they are safe from predators and other birds. The goslings are the first of the collection of threatened species at Arundel Wetland Centre to hatch this year. However, the site is full of mallard and other ducklings.
Nenes are thought to be the rarest goose in the world with only 800 in the wild. In 1952, only 30 of the geese remained due to the introduction of predators such as mongooses and cats. Intensive conservation work by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust resulted in the release of many geese back into their native Hawaii. Arundel Wetland Centre homes fourteen captive Nenes.
Arundel Wetland Centre conservation manager Paul Stevens said "We are over the moon that they have produced a healthy batch of goslings. We are also expecting a second pair to produce some healthy young in the next week or so. Nenes are an absolute favourite with the visitors as they are so friendly and the goslings are no different - a real treat to see. They are also a successful conservation story and a fantastic message for youngsters that visit the Arundel Wetland Centre about the work that we do."