The main reason for this is that the wild population is at least Endangered and possibly even Critically Endangered, with the main threat being human disturbance of wild populations. This role may involve genetically complementing the increasingly smaller and fragmented wild population in the future. This insurance population is a long-term project because it will likely take many decades before the option of reintroduction becomes realistic. This population is being maintained on behalf of the Malagasy Government.
|• Conservation education and research
to opportunistically encourage students and visitors to become engaged with field work for the species, which is much needed considering the lack of data of the species in the wild.
In July 2021 the Meller’s duck EEP had 157 animals in 28 institutions.
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