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Duck 'extinct for 15 years' back from brink to become world's 'rarest bird'; The Madagascar pochard duck rapidly declined in population to the point of near extinction due to human impact in their African homeland.

Byline: Abigail O'Leary

A duck thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink - and is now believed to be the world's rarest bird.

The Madagascar pochard duck rapidly declined in population to the point of near extinction due to human impact in their African homeland.

But now, 21 of the ducks have spent a week in the safety of the world's first floating aviaries on Lake Sofia in the north of the country.

Gloucestershire-based Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) said this pioneering approach is to enable the birds to become accustomed to their new surroundings, increasing the chances they will remain at the site after release.

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The state of the wetlands in Madagascar is so poor they will likely not survive if they leave the lake.

The ducks were released from the aviaries in December and very quickly adapted to the lake, diving and flying, associating with other wild ducks and returning to the safety of the floating aviaries to feed and roost.

Experts from WWT, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Peregrine Fund and the Government of Madagascar have spent years laying the foundations for the birds' introduction.

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With a wild population of just 25, the duck may be the rarest bird on the planet.

Nigel Jarrett, head of conservation breeding at the WWT, said: "It takes a village to raise a child, so the old African proverb goes, but in this case it has taken a village to raise a duck.

"We have been preparing for this moment for over a decade.

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"The logistics of working in a remote part of Madagascar - where access to the lakes by vehicle is only possible for three months a year - have been an enormous challenge, requiring us to come up with novel approaches.

"Working with local communities to solve the issues which were driving this bird to extinction has been essential to giving the pochard a chance of survival.

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The Madagascar pochard duck rapidly declined in population to the point of near extinction

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the ducks have spent a week in the safety of the world's first floating aviaries on Lake Sofia in the north of the country

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WWT aims to reintroduce the Rare Bird back onto Lake Sofia

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With a wild population of just 25, the duck may be the rarest bird on the planet

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Date:Dec 28, 2018
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