Sunday, June 26, 2016

White-naped crane chick hatches at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo

Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is home to a white-naped crane chick (Grus vipio) that hatched this spring on the Northern Ponds adjacent to the Himalayan Highlands exhibit. The chick can be seen with its parents.

WCS breeds white-naped cranes and other species as part of the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal populations in zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

White-naped cranes are a migratory species native to East Asia including China, Russia, Japan, North and South Korea, and Mongolia. They are classified as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with the wild population estimated to be between 5,500 and 6,500 individuals. The species is at risk because of loss of its wetland habitats to agriculture.

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