How Long Does a Swan Live?

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Swans can live anywhere from 24 years to 33 years. Trumpeter swans live the longest out of the different species and tend to live longer in captivity than in the wild.

Trumpeter swans are the most commonly found swans in the United States. They are also found in Canada. They live predominantly around lakes, ponds, streams and marshes. They migrate to warmer locations during the winter months and return to their original location when the weather becomes warmer.

Most types of swans live in a colony environment. Their colonies often consist of members of their own family, and their young sometimes return with offspring of their own. They work together to protect each other, help find food and help raise the younger swans. When swans find a mate, they find a mate for life and will stick with that one until one of the swans dies. When one member of a swan pair dies, the one that is left will look for a new mate before a new breeding season begins.

The waterfowl conservation movement has allowed the population to continuously increase since the 1980s. This movement helps the swans avoid disturbances by human activities; this results in a more successful breeding period and a higher population of the species. The conservation movement works to help keep the population growing without it getting out of control.