Landowners, who are responsible for 80% of our nation’s biodiversity, are invaluable in the efforts to conserve cranes and many other flagship species. This is clearly evident in the Karkloof area of the Midlands, where Karkloof landowners, who formed the Karkloof Conservancy in 1998, work tirelessly to conserve all three species of Cranes.
In 2011 the conservancy reinforced their commitment to crane conservation by adopting a locally produced Wattled Crane chick, which they named Mbeche. Mbeche was collected as an abandoned ‘second’ egg by the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s fieldworker, Tanya Smith, and was successfully hatched here in the Midlands on the 9th August 2011.
The Johannesburg Zoo Crane Breeding Programme were very excited to find out that Mbeche is a boy, as they have very few males. Mbeche is also the first chick to be collected from this nest and thus is the only living representative of his genetic line…
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