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.

Buffer zone rehabilitation at Rugezi marsh

Most threats to nature and wildlife sustainability are anthropogenic mainly resulting from drastic increase in population size. This implies increased pressure on land use which leads to the reduction and modification of natural areas, resulting in the extinction or threat … Continue reading

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Conserving Grey Crowned Cranes, creating the happiest society in Rwanda

The International Crane Foundation/Endangered Wildlife Trust Partnership is collaborating with the Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management (ICF/EWT/KCCEM) under an ongoing project aimed at securing the ecological integrity of a network of peatlands in Rwanda. The project seeks to … Continue reading

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Tracking the movements of Blue Cranes in the Western Cape, South Africa

The Western Cape of South Africa is home to what is likely more than half of the world’s population of Blue Cranes. It is therefore a priority to ensure that we effectively protect this population and understand, where possible, what … Continue reading

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Grey Crowned Crane chick released back into the wild at Sio Siteko,Kenya

Working with a network of custodians and project contact persons proved to be beneficial this month. On the 4th of September, I got a call from one project contact person, a member of the Sio Siteko wetland conservation team. He … Continue reading

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Largest flock of cranes recorded at Kaku-Kiyanja, Uganda

My friend, Umaru Ssempijja, a teacher at Nakateete Secondary school who is also the patron of the School Environment Club invited me in August to visit and include a crane site at Makondo on my crane monitoring site list. This … Continue reading

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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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