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.

Our Key Programmes

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Working together for conservation in environmental education ... See MoreSee Less

A small token of appreciation from the Owl Box Project to Nkanyiso and Xola (absent) for running the project during the school holidays. Great work Usher Crane Conservation Centre team.

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Thank you to Merc-T for sponsoring the Venomous Snake bite course. This will really help our staff out on the reserve. ... See MoreSee Less

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Blue Cranes at ICF! ... See MoreSee Less

We were told this is a sign of reinforcing bonds between cranes.

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Interesting talk by George Archibald ... See MoreSee Less

Dr. George Archibald has dedicated his life to conserving cranes. It is through Archibald’s patience and dedication that whooping cranes, once critically endangered with only 15 left in the world, h...

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