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 4 key programmes



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FREEME KZN Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre "Working together to enrich lives" Working with ToPS Species (Threatened or Protected Species). Update on the Blue Crane release earlier this year.....than...

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KZN Crane Foundation AGM (Special Meeting) held at Fordoun Hotel & Spa this morning.

Thank you to all that attended.
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Touching Lives thought environmental education #N3TC #KZNCF #TouchingLives ... See MoreSee Less

The future of our country lies in our youth. The students at Esiphethwini Sendiza (Hlanganani) Primary School have shown that despite their circumstances they are determined to succeed. With the help ...

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You may remember this Blue crane who was at the Crane foundation for a year of rehabilitation. Joined effort with EWT and FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN. He was released on the 10th April 2017 and spent a month on the Bill Barnes Crane & Oribi Nature Reserve (BBCONR) before leaving to Spring Grove dam and was also spotted on farms in Lower Lotheni over the last 5months.

Well he has returned to the BBCONR and is fit and in good health. So great to get to see him again. Conservation at its best well done everyone.
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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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