What-what is a ne-ne?
Published: 9th Mar 2020Two ne-ne have hatched at Paignton Zoo in Devon
Two ne-ne have hatched at Paignton Zoo in Devon. But what-what is a ne-ne?
It’s a species of goose - one of the rarest in the world. Found on the Hawaiian Islands, the Hawaiian goose or ne-ne is named after its call, a soft neh-neh sound.
It’s officially classed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Paignton Zoo is home to eight adult ne-ne as well as these two goslings.
It’s believed that it was once common, but human activity put paid to that. The ne-ne is the official bird of the state of Hawaii.