EAZA Ex Situ Programme (EEP)

Lesser white-fronted goose

(Anser erythropus)

 Emma Nygren
Institution:   Nordens Ark

EAZA Member Area

Nordens Ark

IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List VU

Programme roles

Direct Conservation icon  Population restoration
The wild Swedish population of Lesser White-fronted geese is small and therefore likely to decrease over time without the release of birds from the EEP. Releases of captive bred Lesser white-fronted geese therefore occurs annually to the Swedish mountains. The Lesser White-fronted Goose project is owned by the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management (SAHWM), but is a collaboration with Nordens Ark and the ornithological association of Norrbotten.

With careful management, the Swedish ex situ sub-population can remain demographically stable and genetically healthy to keep providing birds for releases and act as a back-up population in case the situation deteriorates in the wild again. 

 Conservation education (in range)
Keeping the species in EAZA institutions provides the opportunity to put some emphasis about the status of the Lesser white- fronted goose as well as increasing awareness about the situation in the wild and the
ongoing conservation efforts.

Programme partners



Programme numbers

In June 2023, the Lesser white-fronted goose EEP had 161 animals in 27 institutions.

Programme highlights