New ducklings have hatched!
Hello Diving Duck supporters, we’re pleased to bring you our summer update.
Of the 15 eggs recently produced by our breeding core in the Marsh Aviary exhibit, 8 were viable and hatched so we now have 8 new ducklings!
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. Aside from being adorable, these individuals will strengthen Israel’s critically endangered wild population of diving ducks. As this species is declining across most of its range (extending across Europe and Asia), a local success can produce a large impact given the migratory nature of these birds.
Our remaining breeding core – recently supplemented with two new ducks from a European zoo to increase genetic diversity - reside in our Marsh Aviary Exhibit and we are hopeful that they will continue to produce so that we can continue to bring these beautiful and important birds back to Israel’s aquatic habitats.
Thank you all so much for being a part of this project’s success.
Nicole and the Avian Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
The Jerusalem Zoo's National Egg Incubation Center
Marsh Aviary Exhibit, home to the breeding core
Diving Ducks swimming in the Marsh Aviary Exhibit