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The International Crane Foundation
The International Crane Foundation seeks to help safeguard Africa's cranes through community-based research and conservation programs that benefit both people and wildlife. Throughout the world, cranes serve as important symbols for conservation. They are large and conspicuous “umbrella” species under which entire ecosystems may be protected. When people become concerned about the fate of cranes, they can take concrete steps towards conserving the wetlands and grasslands that serve, in part, as crane habitat.

The conservation of cranes in Africa depends on gaining accurate information about the status and distribution of cranes across the continent, empowering local ecologists to develop pro-active conservation programs for cranes and their habitats, and engaging governments, agencies, NGOs, and local communities in the sustainable management of wetlands and their catchments for the benefit of people and wildlife. To achieve these goals, we bring together diverse groups of people, from government and village leaders to engineers, anthropologists, and restoration ecologists, in a common cause. We recognize that real conservation will only be achieved if it becomes a priority of the people living with the cranes and sharing their rich habitats. To this end, we view ourselves as facilitators for our African colleagues, assisting them as needed with technical and management support and helping empower them through access to the international community of scientists, conservationists, and donors. Our programs seek to provide support and training for key individuals who will become the future conservation leaders of Africa, to conduct cutting-edge research on wetland restoration and watershed management in an African context, and to build a network of colleagues across Africa who will guide ICF and our partners in creating uniquely African solutions to conservation challenges.

 

African Crane Trade
A decade ago, ICF-supported surveys documented a drastic decline in Black Crowned Cranes. To our surprise, the chief cause was not habitat loss - although wetland areas for cranes have shrunk drastically in these areas along the southern margins of the Sahara - but the taking of cranes from the wild.

The Grey Crowned Crane of East Africa, which seemed numerous and secure 20 years ago, now shows significant declines in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.

In 2006, the African Crane Trade project was launched to address the problem and document the extent and potential impact of the crane trade on wild populations. Read more

Carnes of Africa

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African Wattled Crane Program
A joint initiative of the International Crane Foundation and the Endangered Wildlife Trust ... Read more
Lower Zambezi Valley and Delta Program
A joint initiative of the International Crane Foundation and the Museum of Natural History-Mozambique in partnership with the Zambezi Valley Planning Authority and many other institutions and organizations.

For the past decade the International Crane Foundation-USA and the Museum of Natural History-Mozambique (Museu de História Natural) have taken a leadership role in the Lower Zambezi Valley of Mozambique, raising awareness about the global significance of the Zambezi Delta and promoting its conservation for the benefit of people and wildlife. ... Read more


Black Crowned Crane Program
A joint initiative of the International Crane Foundation and Wetlands International
in partnership with organizations and individuals from twenty African nations.

The Black Crowned Crane, a resident of the Sahel and Sudan Savannah regions of Africa, is of global conservation concern. ... Read more


Grey Crowned Crane Program
An initiative of the Kipsaina Crane and Wetlands Conservation Group, the Wildlife Clubs of Uganda, Nature Uganda, the International Crane Foundation, and other partners in East Africa.

The Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) was once widespread across Uganda and Kenya, a resident of the seasonal grass swamps that carpet the valley floors of the Lake Victoria catchment. ... Read more


Donate to ICF's Africa Programs
The International Crane Foundation is helping safeguard Africa's cranes through community-based research and conservation programs that benefit both people and wildlife. Throughout the world, cranes serve as important symbols for conservation. They are ... Read more


For further information contact:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , African Crane Conservation Program Manager,
ICF/EWT Partnership for African Cranes