Barry Woodcraft. b. 1949. Madagascar Pochard, the World's rarest bird. Patinated bronze. From the Endangered Species series .

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Barry Woodcraft b.1949
Madagascar Pochard
Patinated Bronze.
Life size
Proof of an edition for twelve numbered casts

31 x 20 x 15 cm


The Madagascar Pochard

An extremely rare diving duck, previously thought extinct. Prior to a rediscovery in 2006, the last confirmed sighting of the species was at Lake Alaotra on the Central Plateau of Madagascar in 1991. The single male then encountered was captured and kept in the Antananarivo Botanical Gardens until its death one year later. Only 20 individuals remain. Rice cultivation, cattle grazing on the shores, burning of shore vegetation, introduced mammals (rats), gill-net fishing and hunting are all factors that made this duck vanish completely. It was placed in the new "Possibly Extinct" category in the 2006 International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list. Following the rediscovery of 20, its status of Critically Endangered was restored in 2007.

Madagascar Pochard is possibly the world’s rarest bird. It is found at just one small lake in the north of the country. A reconnaissance expedition in July 2009 found the situation was far more critical than previously feared, fewer than 20 birds were seen, and these included just six females. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust is working in partnership with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Madagascar Government to save the species. Having taken emergency action in 2009 to establish a safety net population, the team is working on a major conservation project to save the species from imminent extinction and eventually restore wetlands and reintroduce the species to it’s former sites.

31.00 cm
15.00 cm
20.00 cm