The Crested Crane is endangered, what are we doing about it?

Save the Crested Crane

Our majestic national bird the Gray-crowned Crane or Crested Crane as it is commonly known is endangered and it really is mainly us endangering them.

How they are being endangered.

They live around the flat marsh lands of our lakes and rivers and increasingly we are encroaching on their habitats due to population increase.

Farming and grazing cattle. Farming can cause unintentional poisoning of the birds when insecticides are used. And this can also disturb the birds habitat.

Power line cause collisions when the birds are in flight, maiming or killing them straight away.

Illegal trade of the birds and or their eggs.


Luckily there are people looking into this. In 2015 the International Crane Foundation setup a few guidelines to help protect the birds.

This is what they are doing

Reducing the impact of global trade on all African crane species.

  • Monitoring the supply routes of cranes, from capture to final destinations, in key hotspots for illegal trade in Africa. They are also reducing the need for wild-caught cranes by participating in and supporting global captive management and breeding programs.
  • Reducing demand for wild-caught cranes by creating local, national and international awareness of the status of Africa’s resident cranes and the threat that trade poses to wild populations.
  • Improving and enforcing policies that govern the trade of cranes and strengthening the consequences of engaging in illegal trade.

Engaging communities in the conservation of Grey Crowned Cranes and their wetland habitats across East and Southern Africa.

  • Implementing integrated, community-based projects to secure significant breeding sites for the Grey Crowned Cranes in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, using regional campaigns to increase pride in the cranes and identifying and training local leaders for crane and wetland conservation.
  • Developing a sustainable finance mechanism to support long-term community conservation efforts for key crane sites with tools like carbon trading markets and payment for ecosystem service functions.
  • Finding and advocating for ways to reduce the conflict between farmers and Grey Crowned Cranes in agricultural landscapes where substantial crop damage occurs.

What you (non local) can do

Adopt a Grey Crowned Crane!

Fight the African Crane Trade.

Become a member of the International Crane Foundation.

What locals can do

Unanimously report any illegal activities on the birds to your wild life authority if they exist otherwise get online and contact or email them at

Help the birds if they are stuck or in need.

Advice, educate and warn fellow locals about encroaching on the bird’s habitats thus threatening their entire existence forever.

These are just some of the things you can do to help save our national bird. We believe it is possible to live forever in harmony with them without killing them all intentionally or unintentionally.