African Goose

African Goose at Wingham Wildlife Park

African Goose Natural History

 

Size.

These geese can range in weight from around 16 pounds to 26 pounds in some large exhibition birds. When standing up straight these birds can reach heights of around 1 meter.

Habitat and Distribution.

This goose breed is a domesticated breed which does not have a natural range. It is a breed which originates from South East China.

Age.

The average lifespan of these birds is between 10 and 15 years.

Diet.

These vegetarian geese feed mostly on seeds and grasses, however being domesticated they are mainly fed on commercialy available bird feeds.

Groups and Breeding.

On average the females will lay between 10 and 20 eggs per season however some American breeders have reported as many as 40 eggs per season. These birds seem happiest when kept in pairs or trios, as opposed to keeping them in larger flocks.

Threats.

This goose is fairly commonly bred both commercially and privately keeping its numbers at a constant level, and its only real threat comes from breeders who cross breed it with other geese to improve or change their look or weight etc, which could eventually make it difficult to find pure bred African geese.

Interesting facts.

It was first recognised as its own breed in 1874.

 

The African Goose at Wingham Wildlife Park

 

At Wingham Wildlife Park, the African goose can be found on the top lake (near the big cats and tapirs), sharing this open area of water with a number of other species of geese, storks, cranes, capybara and ducks (including the wild mallard ducks which visit the lake all year round).  The diet which they receive here is mainly made up of specialist bird feed (which visitors are able to purchase for feeding to these and some other species) as well as some bread (however please do not bring your own as this quantity needs to be strictly controlled).