Overcoming the many and unusual challenges to save a species on the brink of extinction.
Once thought extinct, just 20 Madagascar Pochards survive on one small lake in the remote highlands of Madagascar. Barely clinging to existence, nearly all the ducklings die each year. This is the story of the many and varied challenges first to save the species from the brink of extinction, and then set about restoring it in the wild: no-one in the Madagascar knew how to rear birds; the road to the lake is barely passable for three months a year, impossible at other times; the lakes in Madagascar are heavily degraded, used unsustainably by local communities, and none is suitable for Pochards. And no-one has successfully reintroduced a diving duck to the wild.
Hear how a pioneering approach, some innovative thinking, and not a little determination is helping keep this duck’s head above water.
Date(s) - 16/08/2019
3:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Merlin Lecture Theatre