Endangered Wattled Crane
P.O. Box 70 • Mutorashanga • Zimbabwe • email firstname.lastname@example.org
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EXTINCTION IS FOREVER
A philanthropic African conservation initiative by the Hangartner family for breeding endangered animals and protecting biodiversity. Giraffe, sable, kudu, eland, waterbuck, bushbuck mingle with oribi, zebra, wildebeest, impala, reedbuck, duiker, steenbok, warthog and bush pig. The secretive ant bear, porcupine, pangolin, civet and lonely serval are also among the mammals that hunt and dig in the savannah and riverine woodlands.
National Parks considered the habitat suitable for rhino conservation. Black-Crested and African Fish eagles are among the 230 birds that we identified, a delight for the bird watcher. Rock python, black mamba, puff adder and boomslang are some of the 25 reptiles seen.
Intriguing rockart adorns many shelters and archaeological artefacts testify to human occupation since the Stone Age. Cannonkopje, a castellated bornhardt, towers above a chain of Precambrian inselbergs rising from the mature woodland. A rich African heritage to conserve for posterity.
The imperilled Wattled Crane is our flagship species. This symbol of longevity is protected in Zimbabwe by law, but not its habitat, vleis and sponges, which suffers from human encroachment. 15 Wattled Crane pairs bred along the northern Great Dyke in 1990. By 2000 they had vanished from this former breeding stronghold due to human disturbance. Settlers are now utilizing the Shashe river sponges near Driefontein and inhibiting breeding in the country’s last major habitat. Zimbabwe’s Wattled Cranes risk extinction.
A dedicated team of indigenous conservationists has raised birds from wild, second eggs which form an unique genetic nucleus to preserve the species in Zimbabwe. The first pair of mature Wattled Cranes started breeding at the age of 11 years and is raising its sixth chick. The captive flock of 14 birds needs additional males and genetic variety in order to become a viable breeding pool for reintroducing offspring into safe, former habitats. Breeding and reintroduction.
We encourage schools and interested members of the community to tour Cannonkopje and benefit from our grass-roots environmental message. We believe that visitors will spread the conservation message to reduce poaching. This curse impairs breeding by wildlife and prevents us from naturalizing Wattled Cranes in Cannonkopje’s wetlands. Education versus poaching.
A younger team needs new opportunities for developing facilities and education, augmenting species, intensifying research and habitat protection. Additional funding for enlarging our activities beyond breeding will offer talented Zimbabweans a vocation in conservation. You may be inclined to bolster our own support for Cannonkopje Crane Centre and Game Sanctuary and amplify practical conservation by Africans in Zimbabwe.
Trustees of Cannonkopje Crane Centre