International Crane Foundation


African Wattled Crane Program

Africa: > African Wattled Crane Program

A joint initiative of the International Crane Foundation and the Endangered Wildlife Trust in partnership with organizations and individuals from the eleven African nations where Wattled Cranes occur.

What’s New
Data obtained recently from CITES indicates that at least 63 Wattled Cranes were exported from Tanzania during the the last five years. Allowing for injuries and deaths during capture, handling, and transport, trade in this species may be effecting close Read morearrow

Water, Wetlands and Wattled Cranes
The endangered Wattled Crane is endemic to Africa and ranges across eleven countries from Ethiopia to South Africa. Wattled Cranes are the most wetland-dependent of Africa’s cranes. The majority of Wattled Cranes occur in the extensive floodplain systems Read morearrow

Wattled Family Floodplain

Program Goals
To save these flagship birds from extinction and promote the conservation of wetlands for future generations, ICF and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) launched the African Wattled Crane Program (AWAC): Water and wetlands for the welfare of people and Wattled Cranes. Read morearrow

Ben Opening Workshop

Program Structure and Supporters
The Africa Wattled Crane Program (AWAC) is a partnership between the International Crane Foundation, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, and individuals, institutions, working groups, and conservation projects connected to the eleven sub-Saharan countries where Wattled Cranes are known to occur. Read morearrow

Country Projects and Partners
The Okavango Delta of Botswana supports the largest concentration of Wattled Cranes in Africa, approximately 1200-1400 birds. This is not surprising in light of the fact that the vast Okavango Delta, and adjacent Makgadikgadi Pans, have long been considered Read morearrow

Yunnan Ed Material

Program Publications
Program overview

Water, wetlands, and Wattled Cranes: a regional monitoring and conservation program for southern Africa (Beilfuss, Bento, Hancock, Kamweneshe, McCann, Morrison, and Rodwell 2002) – (.pdf 303KB)

Southern Africa Program receives Rolex Award (ICF Bugle 2003) – (.pdf 544KB)

African Crane project scoops award (Holt-Biddle and Rolex 2003) – (.pdf 1170KB)

Training workshops

Hippos, crocs & cranes… a truly African experience. Read morearrow