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Water Lily Enrichment With African Pygmy Goose and African Jacana Chicks

The sympatric relationship between the African jacana and the African pygmy goose can be observed on many a marsh pond with heavy vegetation, particularly water lilies, in countries throughout Africa. Here in Shreveport, we had an amazing opportunity to recreate that scene with chicks from both species in one of our aviaries! The jacana and pygmy goose both rely heavily on water lilies in their natural habitat. Jacana are also referred to as “lily trotters”; their unique and large feet combined with their slender bodies give them the ability to traverse easily across them while foraging insects. The pygmy goose feeds primarily on the seeds of water lilies where they blend in and virtually disappear among them while doing so. Both the jacana and pygmy goose are rare in collections, chicks of each even more so. To have them simultaneously is truly remarkable and afforded us some wonderful photos and videos. Enjoy!

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