Conservationists Save World's Most Endangered Duck - For Now!

By Meera Dolasia on April 9, 2012

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Though these fuzzy cinnamon colored chicks may resemble their ordinary cousins, they are actually one of the world's most endangered species of ducks - The Madagascar Pochard. They are so rare that until about seven years ago, scientists believed they had become extinct.

Fortunately, in 2006 a flock of 22 were found swimming on a small lake in Northern Madagascar. Afraid of losing even this tiny group, two European conservation agencies - The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust set up an emergency expedition in 2009. They collected 24 eggs from the group in the wild and took them to try rear in captivity at a specially built breeding center in Antsohihy, Madagascar.

Their hard work paid off earlier this week, when this brood of 18 healthy ducklings was born, effectively almost doubling the population of the species.

The scientists plan to continue their efforts in captivity and also release some of these newly born ducklings into the wild, by next year. However, before they do that, they are trying to determine the reason for the low breeding rate of the ducks in the wild. They believe it may have something to do with the lack of food, caused by human over-fishing. 

One of the solutions is to relocate the ducks to other lakes, but since fishing is the mainstay of the local communities all through the island, they will have to convince the locals to become partners in their efforts to save this fragile species by coming up with a solution that is a win-win for both!

Resources: Dailymail.co.uk, abcnews.go.com

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  • Ainsley Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:39 am
    Soooo cute the best thing ever!!!!😊
    • jhs190russel603
      jhs190russel603Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1:40 pm
      cute but what exactly are they thinking? the y look like they dont like this .-.
      • diamondkid
        diamondkidFriday, March 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm
        Cool!
        • djcool123
          djcool123Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:44 am
          They are so cute !!!!!
          • 090509
            090509Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:02 am
            that are so cute
            • batwomanFriday, December 19, 2014 at 9:16 am
              Ducks are my fav!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIVE ON YOU LITTLE DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • mr duck said muSunday, November 16, 2014 at 1:35 pm
                awesome.com
                • headphones2015
                  headphones2015Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm
                  NO VIDEO BUT SOOOOO CUTE
                  • memila123
                    memila123Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm
                    they are so ADORABLE!
                    • duck manMonday, July 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm
                      I like ducks

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