Category Archives: African Crane Conservation Programme

Cranes are spectacular, graceful, long-lived birds that have captivated people for millenia. The lifelong devotion demonstrated by mating pairs has resulted in them being symbols of peace, happiness and longevity. South Africa’s Blue Crane is prized as a symbol royalty and only Zulu Kings are allowed to wear the feathers in their headdress. Not surprisingly then, the Blue Crane is South Africa’s national bird. However, this national bird with plumes “fit for a king” is now disappearing.

Read up on the stories and tributes from our field workers all over the country working hard to save our three beautiful crane species and their habitats.

Poisons, biodiversity and human-health: addressing wildlife losses in Luangwa, Zambia

As a result of a Darwin Initiative Scoping Award that the EWT received, we were able to undertake further community based research to better understand the drivers behind the wildlife poisoning in the South Luangwa area and to hold a … Continue reading

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Assessing the feasibility of a carbon project for Chrissiesmeer

South 32 is a key supporter of our work in the Chrissiesmeer area of the Highveld Project in South Africa. They have been exploring ways of supplementing the funding available for the conservation of the area. This month we spent … Continue reading

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Keeping crane conservation on the road

Belinda Glenn, Marketing and Communications Manager BelindaG@ewt.org.za The EWT was thrilled to receive a new Ford Ranger bakkie from the Ford Wildlife Foundation at a special handover at the EWT head office on 6 June. This bakkie will be used … Continue reading

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Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival 2017

The sixth annual Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival was held from 23 – 24 June 2017. Credit needs to be given to Charmain Bouwer of U and Me Creative, who was responsible for the venue, logistics, marketing and bookings. The crane festival … Continue reading

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Karkloof source to confluence river walk

When I arrived at the office one Monday, Tanya told me that she had let the Karkloof Conservancy know that I would assist them with a river walk in two weeks’ time. My immediate thought was that this was a … Continue reading

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Capacity strengthening training on crane and wetland conservation in Jimma, Ethiopia

In order to contribute to sustainable biodiversity conservation in general and crane conservation in particular, we have provided training to the local community and provided material support for nature conservation club office construction in school compounds in  Jimma area of … Continue reading

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Searching for cranes in urban wetlands around Kampala, Uganda

Most of our crane monitoring takes place in rural areas, farming landscapes and protected areas. In Uganda, plans are underway to determine the status and distribution of cranes in wetlands around Kampala, the country’s capital city. Searching for cranes in … Continue reading

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An Aerial Reconnaissance flight over the Kafue Flats, Zambia

Mimosa pigra (mimosa) is an invasive shrub that is fast invading the wetland grasslands of the Kafue Flats, a vast wetland complex in central Zambia, negatively affecting the habitat for thousands of Wattled Cranes and large herds of Kafue Lechwe. … Continue reading

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Mpumalanga MEC approves the Declaration of the Greater Lakenvlei Protected Environment

A major milestone for the conservation of South Africa’s water resources and threatened Highveld grass- and wetlands was reached on 7 April 2017, when the MEC for Mpumalanga’s Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA), Mr Vusi … Continue reading

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Quick road counts provide a glimpse into crane populations in wetlands around Kabale, Uganda

What makes the landscapes around Kabale, a town in southwestern Uganda, unique is the ease with which Grey Crowned Cranes can be seen foraging, flying and flocking as one drives along gravel roads that radiate from towns and village trading … Continue reading

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