STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern
RANGE: Northern Europe
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
Embden geese are a pure white breed of goose that have orange on their bills and feet. They grow exceptionally fast and can reach up to thirty pounds in total weight. They are very durable when it comes to temperatures, able to withstand temperatures that go below freezing. They are thought to have originated from breeding German White geese and English White geese together until the desired size of goose was created. There are some that argue their size is from breeding them with the Toulouse breed of goose. It is believed that the cross-breeding to create Embden goose dates back several hundred years.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
These geese reach maturity at the age of two to three years. They are monogamous and will mate for life. They typically lay eggs in February and can lay up to forty eggs at a time.
Embden Geese are a domestic breed of goose that originate from the Netherlands and Germany.
They are found near bodies of water where they like to forage through the grass and water for food.
Geese mainly eat grass and water-based plants. You can often see them grazing through the fields at the Hattiesburg Zoo.