Wednesday January 23, 2019
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Happy New Year! From everyone at Hawaiian Organic Noni
Last of Hawaiian snail species dies at age 14
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources says the last known Achatinella apexfulva died on New Year’s Day. It was about 14 years old and named George.
In 1997, the last 10 known of its kind were brought into a laboratory at the University of Hawaii to be raised in captivity.
Some offspring were produced but the snails all eventually died — except for........
3 pairs of nene geese have been spotted on the farm!
The nene (nay-nay), the official bird of the state of Hawaii,is exclusively found in the wild on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and Hawaii.
Did you know? The name nene comes from its soft call.
The nene is the world’s rarest goose. Its total population was estimated at around 25,000 birds before Captain James Cook landed on Hawaii in the 1770s. But by the mid-1900s only about 30 were left, all of which were on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The nene was finally declared endangered in 1967, and they remain protected. Today, the nene geese have been taken off the endangered species list (but are still considered vulnerable).
Along with the albatross, we are happy that the nene have taken up residence on the farm. Enjoy the new pictures and hopefully we may have some new chicks on the farm!