Potawatomi Zoo's cranes: helping conservation abroad.
The proposition of transporting a vulnerable species' eggs half-way around the world might seem daunting in itself, but is well worth the trouble to those involved with the program. The eggs are driven to Pittsburgh, flown to Los Angeles, then Seoul, then Kakbarovsk, Russia where they take a nine-hour train ride and arrive at their new home in the Khingansky Nature Reserve. And if that schedule isn't enough of a testament to the dedication of conservationists, once the chicks hatch, their caretakers dress as puppets during all interactions so the chicks aren't imprinted on humans. While Russian authorities notify the donor zoos when their eggs hatch, there is currently no method of tracking each crane once they fledge. Several research projects involving satellite tracking have been conducted in the past; hopefully some will continue into the future to reveal information about recovering crane populations.
Submitted by Amanda Strandquist American Zoo and Aquarium Association, aStrandquist@AZA.org
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|Title Annotation:||News From Zoos|
|Publication:||Endangered Species Update|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2005|
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