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

FREEME KZN Working together to enrich lives. This is the Grey Cowned Crane chick, a TOPS Species that came in over the weekend and we are working with many specialists in an effort to save this chic...

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On Saturday the 25th February, KZN Crane Foundation helped at water table 4 during the 3 Cranes Challenge in the Karkloof. In support of the Karkloof Conservancy. Here are some photos of the day. #3CranesChallenge Karkloof Conservancy thanks to the team Nkanyiso Ndlela Daniel Greenslade Ryne Ferguson Henry Davies, Pete Thomson and Cheryth Thomson for all your hard work. ... See MoreSee Less

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Frogging Fun for the whole family! Come for a splash with us this St Patrick's night!

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What an amazing experience, being part of this amazing challenge. The KZN Crane Foundation team maned the last water table on day two. Meeting these amazing people and their support for conservation. Had the opportunity to talk about cranes to them as they came past. ... See MoreSee Less

WATCH: "I don't think you can accomplish this without running with people. You need people to encourage you and when you see they are still running, it means you can too. You need yo be mentally stron...

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Amazing Grey Crowned crane photos in the Karkloof. Stunning pair with three eggs ... See MoreSee Less

when they landed on the nest we saw 3 eggs! Looks like the eggs should hatch in the next week! Also interesting , with all these rains the crownies had to re build their nest by adding more vegetation...

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