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View of New Zealand enclosure

View of New Zealand enclosure
zoogiraffe, 27 Feb 2011
    • zooboy28
      This looks like a great, large enclosure, with some NZ native plants (or look alikes), and some plants that are invasive species here (pine), is this intentional? The ducks appear to be New Zealand Shovellers, are there any other species kept in this exhibit?

      Apart from Shovellers and Blue Duck, are there any other NZ ducks in the UK or Europe?
    • Chlidonias
      most of them are common in European aviculture: paradise duck, NZ scaup, NZ shoveller, brown teal, grey teal (from Australian stock; I think Sunda teal may be more common though) and Australian black duck (same as our grey duck). There's almost no blue duck left (just one?) and I doubt there's any Campbell or Auckland teal.
    • zooboy28
      Wow, it seems quite weird that people would be interested in our ducks! (except maybe the paradises), and that they would be that common.

      Thanks :D
    • Maguari
      Yes, just the one Blue Duck (at WWT Arundel) and no Campbell or Auckland (that I know of!).

      From the zoo side (rather than private aviculture), most larger European zoos have large numbers of waterfowl species, often clipped/pinioned on large lakes. There are also plenty of specialist collections that go into waterfowl big-style - the WWT centres and Blackbrook being the first to spring to mind in the UK. Always plenty of interest in waterfowl keeping, and for such a large group they're one of the best-represented groups in European zoos in terms of diversity.
    • Maguari
      Just had a quick check of Zootierliste and by my reckoning it is listing 202 species and subspecies of waterfowl currently in European zoos. A mighty list - and great for a waterbird fan like me! :D
    • Chlidonias
      yes there certainly wouldn't be any Campbell Island teal outside NZ, but potentially some Auckland Island teal could have been exported in earlier days and a small population maintained since then (highly doubtful of course, but who knows)
    • Chlidonias
      a quick check of my own Zootierliste (;)) - - shows, um, 21 waterfowl taxa in New Zealand (28 if you include the 'possibles').....

    • Maguari
      But around 10% of the waterfowl species you do have can't be seen in Europe, if that's any comfort!

      Probably not really, in fact, but it's the best I could come up with! I do feel for you guys with the limitations on diversity in your (i.e. NZ and Aus) zoos really biting lately it seems.
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