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A Study of the Endangered Grey Crowned Crane in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Abstract

Once considered the most secure species of crane on the African continent, the grey crowned crane is now experiencing a rapid decline. Grey crowned cranes rely entirely for survival on wetlands, a habitat that is increasingly threatened across East Africa. Grey crowned cranes are considered an indicator species, whose presence reflects the health of an ecosystem. The greatest concentration of grey crowned cranes in East Africa is found in northern Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater. The goals of this study were to learn the distribution, abundance and density of grey crowned cranes within Ngorongoro Crater during the rainy season as well as investigate correlations between habitat characteristics and crane presence. Results will contribute vital information to the ongoing management of the population of grey crowned cranes in Tanzania and the rest of East Africa.

Faculty Sponsor

Delbert Hutchison

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Animal Behavior

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Science 100

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Research Funding Source or OCS Program

The School for Field Studies, Wildlife Management Studies, Tanzania

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A Study of the Endangered Grey Crowned Crane in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Science 100

Once considered the most secure species of crane on the African continent, the grey crowned crane is now experiencing a rapid decline. Grey crowned cranes rely entirely for survival on wetlands, a habitat that is increasingly threatened across East Africa. Grey crowned cranes are considered an indicator species, whose presence reflects the health of an ecosystem. The greatest concentration of grey crowned cranes in East Africa is found in northern Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater. The goals of this study were to learn the distribution, abundance and density of grey crowned cranes within Ngorongoro Crater during the rainy season as well as investigate correlations between habitat characteristics and crane presence. Results will contribute vital information to the ongoing management of the population of grey crowned cranes in Tanzania and the rest of East Africa.

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