Take a gander at London Zoo
Monday 5 September 2005
A gaggle of red breasted geese have been introduced to the lake area at London Zoo.
The group, four males and four females, has travelled from Jersey Zoo to join the flamingoes and pelicans on Three Island Pond and adds another breed to the waterfowl collection at London Zoo.
Red breasted geese are very attractive, with distinctive blocks of colour and a chestnut coloured chest and far from being just a pretty face, as grazers they also keep the lawn well groomed.
The new breed fits in well with the other species and the large enclosure offers a great environment for breeding, with a low level of disturbance and generous foliage.
In the wild the red breasted goose breeds in Arctic Siberia and spends winters in Romania, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, but very rarely the UK.
They often build their nests close to the nests of Peregrine Falcons. The falcons hunt small mammals which might otherwise eat the goose eggs and chicks, whist the geese act as look outs for the falcons.
In the wild this species is threatened by hunting and habitat destruction.