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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We have lost an icon! The KZN Crane Foundation was devastated by the untimely passing of our Education Manager Nkanyiso Ndlela. Known as “Uncle Crane” by many children he taught throughout the Midlands. Nkanyiso was passionate and dedicated to environmental education. He loved children and he felt everyday was a new opportunity to make sure he made an impact on the community to protect nature. Nkanyiso was loved by all who met him, his smile could light up a room. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

There will be a memorial service at Zenzane Village off the R103 at the Asuthuthuke School turn off at the village Hall on Wednesday 21st March at

The details of the funeral to follow. The cost of the funeral is R35,000-00. We would like to assist the family with some of the costs. If you would like to help please send money to:

FNB Account number- 62658502200 Business Cheque account
Branch code- 220725 Howick
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