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New: aviary & pond design

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Designing a good aviary for wildfowl needs dedication. Not all aviary models are appropriate for all species, so it starts with a good plan. What birds will be kept in the aviary? And what is our goal of keeping the birds? Do we want to breed them efficiently, or do will we keep them mixed with other species for ornamental purpose?


We will show you some ideas at this page!




Update on Brazilian merganser conservation

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August 20st 2015 | We just received great news from Zooparque Itatiba (Brazil): This year, 8 ducklings of the Brazilian merganser have hatched. Eggs from wild birds were collected at several locations (Patrocínio and Jalapao). Currently, Zooparque Itatiba is home to 10 Brazilian mergansers. They have been collected from 5 nests in 3 locations. Two more adult birds are currently at Criadouro De Aves Poços De Caldas, which makes 12 captive birds globally known. All birds are part of the official breeding programma, under supervision of the Brazilian authorities including ICMBio and Terra Brasilis. The sex ratio of these birds is almost 50/50, which gives hope for the future of the species! 
More information has yet to come.

Thanks to Robert Kooij (general manager of the zoo) for this amazing update! 


Click here for information and photos.



Above: juvenile Brazilian mergansers. Photo © Robert Kooij/ Zooparque Itatiba


New Zealand blue ducks

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The New Zealand blue duck or Whio is an endemic resident breeder in New Zealand, nesting in hollow logs, small caves and other sheltered spots. It is a rare duck, holding territories on fast flowing mountain rivers. Blue ducks are listed as Endangered (IUCN, 2013) because it has a very small and severely fragmented population which is undergoing a rapid decline owing to a variety of factors, most notably the effects of introduced predators. A national survey estimated the population to number at least 1,200 mature individuals, roughly equivalent to 1,800 individuals in total. Two co-ordinated management programmes are underway to save the species.

Currently there are no blue ducks kept in any avicultural institution except for some New Zealand/ Australian. In 2015 the last bird in Europe died at the Arundel Wetland Centre (UK). Some photos were provided by Paul Rose to share at this website. You can find them here.

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