The quartet of white-winged ducks – a species listed as endangered – were caught on camera for the first time enjoying their first dip with mum.
We’re one of just a handful of zoos in Europe that works with the Asian ducks.
It’s feared that wild numbers may be as low as just 350 individuals – a result of widespread habitat destruction throughout South East Asia, where the ducks were once found in abundance.
*JUST HATCHED!*These four white-winged ducklings are some of the rarest in the world – with as few as 350 remaininghttps://t.co/jBcucu14fk
— Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) 31 May 2016
Andrew Owen, our curator of birds, said:
With the white-winged duck teetering on the edge of extinction, these hatchlings are an important step in the right direction for the species. The new ducklings are vital additions to the endangered species breeding programme, which is ensuring a genetically viable insurance population in zoos should the unthinkable happen and the ducks become lost from the wild.