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African Pygmy Goose: here’s the scoop


While some populations are increasing, the overall population trend is decreasing. Altered and degraded habitats along with hunting have had a negative impact on this species. 

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for African Pygmy Geese. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild.


African Pygmy Goose

Scientific name

Nettapus auritus


Permanent or temporary swamps, marshes, inland deltas, shallow lakes, flood plain, slow moving rivers and occasionally coastal lagoons.


Seeds, aquatic plants, aquatic insects and small fish

life expectancy

Up to 15 years

Did you know?

Pygmy geese are a group of very small perching ducks and are not actually in the goose family. They are the smallest of all waterfowl.


Central and southern Africa and Madagascar

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant