A spectacled eider, a large sea duck native to Arctic Russia and Alaska, at the Central Park Zoo in New York. The duck is part of what the zoo says is a baby boom among rare and endangered waterfowl. Chicks from eight rare species have hatched at its Central Park facility this year. (AP Photo/Julie Larsen Maher, Wildlife Conservation Society)

Rare waterfowl hatching at NYC’s Central Park Zoo

October 19, 2013 at 04:10 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Duck, duck, goose!

New York's Central Park Zoo is seeing a baby boom among rare and endangered waterfowl.

The Wildlife Conservation Society says chicks from eight rare species have hatched at its Central Park facility this year.

They include nine scaly-sided merganser chicks. The endangered sea ducks are native to Russia, China and Korea.

There are also spectacled eiders, large sea ducks that are native to Arctic Russia and Alaska. Their population is decreasing because of climate change.

The Central Park Zoo has a total of 23 different duck species on exhibit. Most of the species are either uncommon in zoos or endangered in the wild.

Some of the new chicks are not being exhibited yet, but their parents are.

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Online: http://www.wcs.org


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