|Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis)
|WWT Barnes, London, England
The Hawaiian Goose is one of the great conservation successes where captive-bred birds have been re-introduced into the Hawaiian Islands. Although populations are now rising, it remains classified as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.
|Its original decline was due to a combination of habitat loss and predation by dogs, cats, rats and the introduced Indian mongoose. The decline was steep from about 25,000 birds around the year 1800 to only 30 in 1952. Captive breeding was started in 1949 in Hawaii and by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in England. (These photos were taken at WWT, London)
There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 1, Pages 567 and 580