Two rarest Red-crowned cranes were released into the wild in Primorye
This is the first case of rehabilitation and wintering of Red-crowned cranes at the Rehab Center in Primorye. Two birds of different age, one and two years old, have been prepared for the release into the wild.
Released into the wild
Both birds spent winter in a warm house, which was specially purchased for the Rehabilitation Center with the help of WWF-Russia supporters to keep heat-loving rare birds, and before the release they were kept in one enclosure.
According to expert recommendations, the release of cranes into the wild took place in Primorye in the buffer zone of the Khanka Lake Nature Reserve, in the period that experts consider the most suitable for this bird species.
The first 3-4 days after the release, it will be clear from the cranes behavior how well they adapt to life in the wild. The most important sign of a successful release is active feeding. The released cranes will be monitored for at least the first week.
The Red-crowned crane is a very rare bird, the breeding process goes very slowly, usually only one chick survives even if two eggs are laid in the nest, so each individual counts. Saving such birds from death, rehabilitation and returning back to the wild is one of the best gifts for the planet.