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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Had one of the most amazing days! The rehabilitated Blue crane that was released here 2 days ago, found a local pair of Blue cranes and has teamed up with them. We could not of asked for a better out come! Thank you Daniel Dolpire for the photo ... See MoreSee Less

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Kwa Zulu-Natal Crane Foundation shared Andrew Pickles's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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Finally released after a year. Was released on the Bill Barnes Crane & Oribi Nature Reserve, Headquarters of the KZN Crane Foundation ... See MoreSee Less

FREEME KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Working together to enrich lives. Released at last.....more than a year in rehabilitation..... A Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradiseus), which came in to FREE...

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Our joined efforts should see this Blue crane back into the wild very soon ... See MoreSee Less

FREEME KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Working together to enrich lives. It's been one year, and now.....Preparations for the Blue Crane (Antbropoides paradiseus) release.....Ryne Furguson Kwa Zu...

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A Grey Crowned crane that has come into FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN seems to be recovering. Will keep you updated on its progress. Good job guys ... See MoreSee Less

FREEME KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre We Enrich Lives. Step one of treating this new arrival, a Grey Crowned Crane....We did a full body check for any symptoms of disease or injury. We then star...

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