Nene

You’d be ‘quackers’ to miss the opportunity to see the world’s rarest goose!

The nene (pronounced nay-nay) is native to Hawaii, that means it’s found nowhere else in the world…and we’ve got four of them!

You stand a good chance of seeing them here at Folly Farm as they spend most of their time on the ground although they are very able flyers.

At one time the nene was found on all the Hawaiiain islands, but today can only be found on Hawaii, Maui, Molokaʻi, and KauaʻI.

Our mini flock of nene doubled in 2016, due to a successful breeding and hatching. We welcomed Gary and Trevor Gosling to our Folly family!

Conservation

In the mid 18th century there were thought to be 25,000 nene. That number crashed to just thirty by 1950! Today there are thought to be 2,500 alive and well in the world either in the wild, in zoos or in wildfowl collections.

Nene questions and answers

Why is it called the nene?
The name actually comes from its soft call.

What do they eat?
They are herbivores, so will only eat things like fruit, flowers, grasses and seeds.

How long do the females sit on the eggs for?
It’s anywhere between 29 to 32 days and once hatched the goslings will stay with their parents until the next breeding season.

Zoo Membership

We're proud to be members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Our membership means we share knowledge with leading zoos across the UK and Europe, and we learn from them too.