As one of the only three surviving species of endemic waterfowl on Madagascar, the others being the Bernier’s teal and Madagascar Pochard, Meller’s ducks should have a higher profile than they currently do. The current captive population on ISIS numbers only 124, with Louisville zoo being the only US collection to hold them. They are sometimes held in mixed exhibits – the Masaola rainforest exhibit at Zurich zoo has them with lemurs – but much might depend on the other species. It would be an interesting experiment to have them in a suitable-sized enclosure though.
Next week is the last in this series, a duck with its stronghold in Iraq, the Marbled teal.
(Images from mangoverde.com, DWCT)