A paddling of precious whio ducklings have hatched at Auckland Zoo!
These special ducklings are the first whio born at our zoo in five years and as part of our breed and release programme, are destined for a beautiful North Island river.
Over the next eight weeks they will continue to grow, eventually heading to a duckling ‘boot-camp’ at a Department of Conservations facility in Turangi. Here they will build up their muscles and learn to fly, preparing them for their new life in the wild. In 2002 Auckland Zoo successfully released eleven whio chicks!