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Wild ducks return to Trinidad
The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust has re-introduced two locally endangered ducks through its Breed and Release programme. A statement from the trust said after ten years since the tragic loss of the breeding stock and with the support of many kind people, the wild ducks have been brought back to T&T to once again.
“Now they have to do their part; produce and proliferate,” the statement said. The white-faced whistling ducks (Dendrocygna viduata) and most of the white-cheeked pintails (Anas Bahamensis) in the trust’s breeding stocks were destroyed by feral hounds during the struggle to protect the eco-system services of the Nariva Swamp from the illegal large-scale rice farmers.
Through the programme with the two species of wild ducks, 62 white-faced whistling ducks were successfully released between 1988 and 1998, and 142 white-cheeked pintails released between 1982 and 2002.
The trust has collaborated with the Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs, Animal Production and Health Division, doctors, the US Embassy, GEF Small Grants Progamme, UNDP and Sylvan Heights Waterfowl to re-introduce the ducks.
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