Since we last reported to you, our breeding core of Diving Ducks here at the Zoo has produced no less than 15 eggs! To ensure optimum chances for breeding success, all 15 eggs are being incubated in our breeding center.
In addition, to ensure appropriate genetic diversity within our breeding core, we recently welcomed a male-female pair of ducks from the United Kingdom.
If all goes well – as we hope it will – we plan to release the hatched chicks into the Hula Valley wetlands habitat in the Fall of this year. So, stay tuned for more news on that in our next report.
Thank you all so much for your continued support of our conservation efforts for this species. Because Diving Ducks are migratory, even a small local conservation program can result in a larger global impact!
Nicole and the Avian Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
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