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Soft sculptured "Tutu Nene" Baby
Soft sculptured "Tutu Nene" Baby Price: $14.00 
The Nene, Hawaii's State Bird, is an endangered species found only on the islands of Hawaii and Maui. A handsome bird, with a dark head and striped neck. It is very approachable in the wild and utters a pleasing soft moan. The non-migratory nene (sometimes called Hawaiian goose) nests often in a kipuka, patches of grass and shrubs surrounded by lava. Scientists believe that its ancestor is the Canada goose which accidentally migrated to Hawaii long ago. There were originally at least seven kinds of geese in Hawaii. Nene were probably found on all eight parent islands at both high and low elevations. By the time Captain James Cook arrived in 1778, all but the nene were probably extinct. About 25,000 nene were present then, mostly at higher elevations on two islands. By 1950, there were fewer than fifty birds remaining. This was the result of introduced predators, grazing animals, hunting and other disturbance of nene habitat. As a result of an intensive captive breeding program and greater consciousness about protecting this endangered bird, there are now several hundred birds in the wild. Man's help and understanding is vital if this endangered species if to be preserved for future generations. A portion of this purchase is donated to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park resources management program to help continue research and management activities to assist in the preservation of this species. Note: "Tutu Nene" come in assorted colors: lt. green, rose, rust, gray, burgundy, brown, red. You can request a color in email, however, we cannot guarantee a color because of limited availability in each style. We will try to accommodate you.