Red-crowned Crane, Japanese Crane, Manchurian Crane
Grus japonensis by Megan Kissinger(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic | ID#3851)
Family: GRUIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
With only a little under 3000 of these cranes left worldwide, the Red-Crowned Crane is considered one the the most endangered birds of all of the crane species. They are a symbol of love and luck in Japan where a large portion of the population lives on the island of Hokkaido. Standing as tall as an adult human, these cranes have very few predators but are still endangered due to habitat destruction, specifically wetlands where cranes nest. Scientists and zoos are working worldwide on this and many other crane species to keep their populations steady and to geographically diversify their flocks in order to protect them in the event of a disease outbreak which could decimate every bird in a flock. You can help cranes in your part of the world by protecting your wetland habitats from destruction and encouraging your local, state and federal governments to focus on environmental conservation and habitat protection.
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