Zoo Has Total Of 23 Different Duck Species On Exhibit

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Duck, duck, goose! The Central Park Zoo is seeing a baby boom among rare and endangered waterfowl.

The Wildlife Conservation Society says chicks from eight rare species have hatched at its Central Park facility this year. They include nine scaly-sided merganser chicks. The endangered sea ducks are native to Russia, China and Korea.

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There are also spectacled eiders, large sea ducks that are native to Arctic Russia and Alaska. Their population is decreasing because of climate change.

Long-tailed duckling in keeper's hands. (credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS)

Long-tailed duckling in keeper’s hands. (credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS)

The zoo began a waterfowl breeding program four years ago and the rate of success has been steadily increasing ever since, WCS said.

The Central Park Zoo has a total of 23 different duck species on exhibit. Most of the species are either uncommon in zoos or endangered in the wild.

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Some of the new chicks are not being exhibited yet, but their parents are.

For more information, visit www.centralparkzoo.com.

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