Canada Geese at the Zoo

Deja – came to us in 2011 as an adult. She was blown into a yard in Phelan during a storm and had an injured foot. She was very friendly and so it was thought she was imprinted and someone had her as a pet.


(Branta canadensis)

What do Canada Geese eat?

Canada Geese are herbivores and eat most grasses, grains, berries and skunk cabbage and can easily clean dry corn off a cob.

How long do Canada Geese live?

Their lifespan is about 25 years in the wild.

How many Canada Geese can be born at a time?

When mature, females may lay two to eight eggs are laid each year. The hatchlings leave the nest to follow mom into the water when they are 1-2 days old.  When Canadian Geese migrate, they form an impressive and aerodynamic “V” formation and they can cover over 1500 miles in 24 hours.

Where can Canada Geese be found?

Canada Geese are found in every contiguous U.S. state and Canadian province. They are also found in Mexico.

Interesting facts:
  • 50 geese can produce two and a half tons of excrement a year.
  • These social birds remain in flocks year round except when nesting.
  • A mother goose loves manicured lawns as it allows for unobstructed views of her young.