Egyptian Goose

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION/RANGE: 
Most of Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

DIET: 
Like other species of geese they feed on grasses, seeds and insects. 

HABITAT: 
Nearly all habitats in Africa except deserts and dense forest.

DESCRIPTION:
Grey color. A large part of the wings of mature birds is white, but in repose the white is hidden by the wing coverts.

DID YOU KNOW? 
Artwork created during the time of the Pharaohs and Ancient Egypt often depicts Egyptian geese, a bird that the Egyptians considered to be sacred. Known as "the Great Cackler," Egyptian families would allow these sometimes aggressive geese to live in their homes and gardens.

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS: 
Our pair of Egyptian Geese, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra have successfully raised a number of goslings that have already grown up and been sent to other zoos.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS: 
Read about Egyptian Geese online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the El Paso Zoo and in the wild.  

JUST FOR KIDS: 
Most geese migrate up to 3000 miles from where they were born to where they spend the winter months. Egyptian Geese do not migrate, but will move along waterways in search of food.