The KZN Crane Foundation was established in 1989 in response to the dramatic decline in KwaZulu-Natal’s crane populations. Its founding was sponsored by the Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA) and the S.A. Ornithological Society (now Birdlife S.A.) and it enjoyed the support of the International Crane Foundation and the then Natal Parks Board (now Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife).

Why Conserve Cranes?

Cranes are the ambassadors for two of South Africa’s most important ecosystems, the wetlands and grasslands that make up our water catchment areas. All South African residents are dependent upon the careful management of these biodiversity hot spots as are South Africa’s cranes. These ecosystems provide food, clothing, bio-diversity, carbon storage, housing materials, water storage and purification, flood control, recharge of groundwater supplies, and recreational and tourism opportunities. Efforts to protect cranes bring the need to conserve these ecosystems into sharp focus and the cranes reliance on these ecosystems is a reflection of our own survival needs.

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Big thank you to Bergmix for their donation of river sand for our rearing facility outdoor pens. ... See MoreSee Less

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A reminder! Don't miss out on this amazing talk ... See MoreSee Less

Not to be missed! Join us this week for this fascinating talk on our beloved Cranes!

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Kwa Zulu-Natal Crane Foundation shared FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

FREEME KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Working together to enrich lives. Blue Crane, This is a ToPS Species, is molting beautifully and the planned release will be at end of April 2017, thanks Ry...

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Working together for conservation ... See MoreSee Less

Apart from meeting with Ryne Ferguson of the Kzn Crane Foundation to discuss collaboration on the Owl Box Project, and releasing an Amur Falcon on site, we also collected this juvenile Jackal Buzzard....

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An Amur Falcon released on the Bill Barnes Nature Reserve ... See MoreSee Less

Amur Falcon released yesterday at the Kzn Crane Foundation. The bird came in last year as a juvenile with a broken wing and had to be held over winter. With newly moulted adult plumage, I am happy to ...

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