WAZA Conservation Project of the month- March 2013
Restocking of the Lesser White-fronted Goose in Sweden
The lesser white-fronted goose (Anser erythropus) (LWfG) is a globally threatened species and is presently the most endangered breeding bird in the Nordic countries.
The LWfG Project was launched in the 1970s by the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and WWF. Between 1981 and1999 the project released 348 young birds in Swedish Lapland. The captive-bred birds were released together with barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) that served as foster parents. The LWfG adopted the migration routes of their foster parents to the wintering grounds in the Netherlands. The reintroduced stock thus uses a migration route that excludes countries with high hunting pressures. The method was very successful and resulted in a small population approaching 100 birds in Sweden.
Read more about this project on the following link: Restocking of the Lesser White-fronted Goose