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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Blue crane update: The Blue crane has arrived back from FreeMe after spending the festive season there to recover from surgery. ... See MoreSee Less

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Amazing photographs by Daniel Dolpire ... See MoreSee Less

This is really going to be an interesting sighting! Close to home so will be making regular visits to update photos and hopefully the eggs hatching in a few weeks!

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Little Kuphela out and about on the daily walk ... See MoreSee Less

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Introducing Kuphela (Meaning alone in Zulu) the Crowned crane chick. Unfortunately was abandoned and brought to the KZN Crane Foundation. We will be raising this chick using isolation rearing technics with a puppet, so that we have a better chance to release it when it's old enough. Isolation rearing prevents the crane from becoming human imprinted, making it not viable to be released. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kwa Zulu-Natal Crane Foundation shared Daniel Dolpire's post. ... See MoreSee Less

Some more shots of the cranes around the nest area! Keep up to date by connecting to my Facebook page: The Photographic Project on the Cranes of South Africa

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