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.

Black Crowned Cranes: A Species at the Crossroads

Black Crowned Cranes Balearica pavonina are residents of the Sahel regions of Africa from Mauratania on the Atlantic coast in West Africa to the Western Ethiopian Highlands and Rift Valley in Ethiopia in the east.  This crane is the least … Continue reading

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Community action to restore wetlands in Kabale District, Uganda

In the south western region of Uganda, wetlands have been extensively degraded and fragmented due to agricultural encroachment, much to the detriment of Grey Crowned Crane habitats. In such situations, when wetlands have shrunk  and become too fragmented to provide … Continue reading

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Creating Cohesion

By Kerryn Morrison, ICF/EWT Senior Manager: Africa KerrynM@ewt.org.za When team members are scattered across several countries in Africa, it’s easy for a sense of cohesion to be lost. Yet in order to implement the ambitious strategy of the African Crane … Continue reading

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Putting cranes on rural communities’ conservation agendas in Rwanda

In Rwanda, as in most African countries where the species is found, conservation of Grey Crowned Cranes has not been high on the environmental agenda of rural communities. Over the years, the species’ habitats have been degraded and cases of … Continue reading

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EWT partner, Environmental and Rural Solutions (ERS) drives successful alternative livelihood initiatives.

By Cobus Theron, the EWT’s African Crane Conservation Programme Field Officer and Bridget Corrigan, the EWT’s Source to Sea Programme Manager. Environmental and Rural Solutions is a small, dynamic organization based in Matatiele that offers environmental and tourism planning services … Continue reading

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Suitable crane habitat to be declared

Stewardship outcomes in the Southern Drakensberg. Anybody that has worked in the Drakensberg, knows that the mountains are as treacherous as they are beautiful. The high altitude, coupled with rapidly changing weather conditions, is a recipe for a challenging journey. … Continue reading

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Our national bird goes high tech in the Western Cape

Photo: The team fits a GSM GPS tracker to an adult Blue Crane after being fitted with unique colour ring combination on its legs. Ever wondered how, why and where our national bird moves each day? Well we do, and … Continue reading

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NEW PLAN TO SECURE FUTURE FOR GREY CROWNED CRANES

Iconic, charismatic flagships for Southern and East Africa’s grasslands and wetlands, Grey Crowned Cranes have undergone a long-term large scale population decline of up to 80% over the past 45 years. Now the fastest declining crane species in the world, … Continue reading

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Reconnaissance visits lead to a better understanding of crane sites in Rwanda

The second phase of our crane and wetland conservation project in Rwanda started during the last week of October. During the first phase (2012 – 2014), our focus was solely on Rugezi Marsh, a key site for Grey Crowned Cranes … Continue reading

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Understanding Blue Crane movements and landscape use for conservation planning in the Western Cape

The Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus is South Africa’s national bird and is a near-endemic to South Africa, with 99% of the world’s population occurring in South Africa. Historically, the Blue Crane population was estimated to be in excess of 100 … Continue reading

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