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Fota Into The Wild - Finale on Virgin Media One Sunday at 8pm

Fota Into The Wild - Finale on Virgin Media One Sunday at 8pm

The finale of the Virgin Television series on Fota Wildlife Park features efforts to release 21 Madagascar Pochard ducklings, the world’s most endangered duck, onto Lake Sofia in Northern Madagascar.

Fota Wildlife Park’s donations of nearly a quarter of a million euro have been essential in funding a ten-year project to save the Madagascar Pochard from extinction, which culminated in the successful and pioneering release of 21 pochard ducklings last year in Madagascar.

Out of the total €250,000 donated, €100,000 was generated through monies from Fota Wildlife Park’s popular duck feeder. The project is run in conjunction with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) who are directly involved in the conservation of the species. Director of Fota Wildlife, Sean McKeown takes a trip to the captive breeding centre in Antsohihy, Madagascar.



The bird is considered to be the rarest in the world and was thought to be extinct up to 13 years ago when a chance rediscovery on a remote crater lake led to the rescue and reintroduction operation by Durrell, WWT and partners. In 2009, they took one-day-old chicks from the lake to rear in captivity at a nearby breeding centre. The captive population was painstakingly increased to 114 live birds today from the rediscovered 25 adults remaining in the wild.

You can catch up on the first three episodes on Virgin Media Television's Online Player here - Fota: Into The Wild (This link will take you to their website).

The programme also features the first ever Sumatran Tiger cub born at Fota Wildlife Park, and documents from young cub to adulthood and to her move to Edinburgh Zoo where it is hoped that she will become an integral part of their breeding programme.  



Tune for the Fota: Into The Wild Series Finale on Virgin Media One, Sunday March 1st at 8PM.
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