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.
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
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.