Saving Cranes in Rwanda

Grey Crowned Crane

At Columbus Audubon’s November 27 program, Laura Peirson inspired by telling us about work to save the endangered Grey-crowned Crane in Rwanda. Laura and her colleagues at our own Columbus Zoo work closely with Dr. Olivier Nsengimana and his team at the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association (RWCA). They combat illegal poaching of Grey-Crowned Cranes and their eggs, rehabilitate Cranes released from captivity, and work with local people to protect Crane habitats. Since 2014, the RWCA has registered 240 captive cranes and rehabilitated and released 127 of those cranes in Akagera National Park.

Laura amazed us with a video about the great work that the RWCA and the Zoo are doing. You can see this and more videos about the Cranes at the RWCA Web site.

Whether or not you were at the program, if you want to help you can donate to support the work of the RWCA. For a limited time, you can still add to the Giving Tuesday campaign: your donation will be matched dollar for dollar! Or you can donate any time at the RWCA Web site.

Finally, you can keep up with the news about Grey-crowned Cranes and other projects at the RWCA page on Facebook.