Rehabilitation of a white-naped crane in Primorye
To provide comfortable conditions for the bird to stay at the rehab center, the experts had to improvise. The storage room for medical products was turned into a temporary house for the crane. The room temperature is stable above 10 C and the light comes through the window.
The situation with storks and cranes showed that the Rehabilitation Center Tigr needs a special warm room for keeping and rehabilitation of such birds. And now WWF Russia is looking for funds for the construction of a warm box. After the course of rehabilitation, we plan to tag the crane with a radio transmitter and release it into the wild near Khanka Lake Nature Reserve in Primorye. Ornithologists constantly observe white-naped cranes on flyway here, as well as the nests of this rare bird. So, we believe that our patient will find a mate in the future and will be able to live in the wild.
The world population is estimated at 6250-6750 birds, however, no latest numbers available. According to the experts, the capacity of habitats in Russia allows more than 500 pairs to nest. However, during coordinated surveys, scientists never recorded more than 150 pairs throughout Russia.