Rarest ducks breed in captivity


Eighteen Madagascan pochards - the world's most endangered duck - have hatched in a captive breeding centre.

This brings the world population of the ducks to just 60.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the groups leading the captive breeding programme say this "builds hope that the bird can be saved from extinction".

The precious pochards are being reared at a specially built centre in Antsohihy, Madagascar.

Here, Nigel Jarrett, head of conservation breeding at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust explains why the hatching of these ducklings is such an important conservation milestone.

Footage courtesy of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

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