South Africa - African Cranes
Cranes are cultural icons of great importance around the world. Several species of African cranes in the Zoo Miami collection, Blue Crane, Wattled Crane, Black and Grey Crowned Cranes, are imperiled in the wild. Zoo Miami actively breeds these species to increase their numbers in the captive population and contributed to the Endangered Wildlife Trustís African Crane Conservation Programme to aid their efforts in helping the wild populations. Their programs aim to reduce the trade of wild cranes, assess the of risks for electrification plans of regions in Africa and its effects on wildlife, promote cooperation between African nations, local inhabitants and crane populations through education, awareness, research and management of wild populations, develop community based wetland management programs at important crane habitats, and understand and find solutions to crop damage caused by cranes. This program also receives confiscated cranes from local law enforcement, rehabilitates them and releases them to the wild when possible.