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Sub-saharan Africa

Sub-saharan Africa

PROBLEM

The wetlands of Sub-Saharan Africa are home to six of the world’s 15 species of cranes, including resident Grey Crowned, Black Crowned, Wattled, and Blue Cranes, and wintering Demoiselle and Eurasian Cranes. These iconic cranes face many threats, fueled by growing demands for land, water, energy, and other natural resources throughout Africa.

SOLUTIONS

In order to protect the cranes of Sub-Saharan Africa, we must address large-scale threats that will ultimately benefit far more than cranes, including local communities, economies, and other species. In close collaboration with our regional partner, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, our work includes (click here to learn more about these activities in Sub-Saharan Africa):

  • Reducing the impact of global trade on all African crane species.
  • Restoring large floodplains that sustain Wattled Cranes in Southern Africa, and isolated populations in Ethiopia and South Africa.
  • Engaging communities in the conservation of Grey Crowned Cranes and their wetland habitats across East and Southern Africa
  • Conserving Blue Cranes on agricultural landscapes in South Africa.
  • Understanding and managing Black Crowned Cranes on their breeding grounds in West and Central Africa

LEADERSHIP

Our work in Sub-Saharan Africa is achieved through a strong partnership between the International Crane Foundation and the Endangered Wildlife Trust of South Africa, together with many trusted local partners.

Adalbert Aine-omucunguzi

Dr. Adalbert Aine-omucunguzi
East Africa Regional Manager
(Uganda)

Shimelis Aynalem

Shimelis Aynalem
Research Associate (Ethiopia)

Matthew Becker

Matthew Becker
Drakensberg Senior
Field Officer
(South Africa)

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Dr. Rich Beilfuss
President and CEO
(Headquarters)

Carlos Bento

Carlos Bento
Research Associate
(Mozambique)

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Cynthia Chigangaidze
Senior Administrator
(South Africa)

Rukundo Emmanual

Rukundo Emmanuel
Project Assistant
(Akanyaru, Rwanda)

Ursula Franke

Ursula Franke
Highveld Regional Coordinator
(South Africa)

Joyeuse Imigambi

Joyeuse Imigambi
Field Assistant
(Rwanda)

Nduduzo Khoza

Nduduzo Khoza
EcoRanger
(South Africa)

Osiman Mabhachi

Osiman Mabhachi
Community Specialist
(South Africa)

Thabo Madlala

Thabo Madlala
EcoRanger
(South Africa)

Rudolf Makhanu

Rudolf Makhanu
Kenya Country Coordinator
(Kenya)

Kerryn Morrison

Kerryn Morrison
Manager of Africa Programs
(South Africa)

Jimmy Muheebwe

Jimmy Muheebwe
Uganda Projects Coordinator
(Uganda)

Richard Muvynyi

Richard Muvunyi
Rwanda Country Coordinator
(Rwanda)

Olivier Ngabonziza

Olivier  Ngabonziza
Field Assistant
(Rwanda)

Janine Rennie

Janine Rennie
Southern Drakensberg Field Officer
(South Africa)

Steven Segang

Steven Segang
Highveld Community Projects Officer
(South Africa)

Griffin Shanungu

Griffin Shanungu
Zambia Country Coordinator
(Zambia)

Yonela Sipeka

Yonela Sipeka
EcoRanger
(South Africa)

Tanya Smith

Tanya Smith
Southern Africa Program Coordinator
(South Africa)

Hadis Tadele

Hadis Tadele
Research Associate
(Ethiopia)

Maurice Wanjala

Maurice Wanjala
Western Kenya Kipsaina Crane and Wetland Conservation Group Coordinator
(Kenya)

Partners

Endangered Wildlife Trust

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Crane Specialist Group

RESOURCES

Click here for additional background and in-depth research on our work in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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