EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Meller's duck

(Anas melleri)

 Harriet Whitford
Institution:   Jersey Zoo

EAZA Member Area


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IUCN Red List status

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Programme roles

Direct Conservation icon  Insurance
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.
Indirect Conservation icon  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.

Programme numbers

In July 2021 the Meller’s duck EEP had 157 animals in 28 institutions.

Programme highlights

  • The waterfowl and Pelecaniformes TAG Chair gave a presentation about the TAG at the 2020 Waterfowl Conservation Workshop. You can see the PDF file here to learn more about the TAG and programmes under their remit.
  • Jersey Zoo has a website available with more information about the Meller’s duck.
  • The IUCN Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Group has an open Facebook group available for anyone interested in waterfowl. 
  • EAZA recently published the 2021 TAG Annual Report with an update of the activities of the Waterfowl and Pelicaniformes TAG (page 19)

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