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Wildlife Conservation :: Help Save the Whooping Crane

Help Save the Whooping Crane

“One of the Dallas Zoo’s highest aspirations is to be a leading wildlife conservation organization. We have been given an unparalleled opportunity to put our words into action with the establishment of the Whooping Crane Center of Texas. Through this effort, we will be able to engage in important conservation work that could have a vital impact on the future of this iconic endangered species.” –Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo President and CEO

 

When the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland, widely known as the epicenter of whooping crane research and breeding, was forced to shut down its whooping crane propagation program in 2017 after 51 years of dedicated work, the Dallas Zoo was one of six locations in North America chosen to provide new homes for the cranes from Patuxent.

 

To help with this important, species-saving effort, we’re building the Whooping Crane Center of Texas (WCCT), an offsite whooping crane breeding and research facility that will be located on five acres of property at Samuell Farm, a park about 15 minutes east of the Dallas Zoo. We plan to bring five pairs of whooping cranes to Dallas once the facility is established – hopefully later in 2019.

 

We’ll use WCCT as a home-base for staff to work with cranes to encourage mating and successful breeding, hopefully leading to cranes being released back into the wild. We’re also committed to raising awareness about how we can all help protect whooping cranes – finding ways to eliminate plastic pollution in waterways and maintain the cranes’ wetland habitats on the coast.

 

We need your help

We’re halfway through a $2.5 million capital campaign to fund the construction of the Whooping Crane Center of Texas. We’re well on our way, but we need your help to raise the funds for the third and final phase to finish out the WCCT.

If you’d like to contribute to the WCCT fundraising effort, please email development@dallaszoo.com, and we can help you with your donation!

 


 

Did you know?

 

In 1941, there were only 15 whooping cranes remaining in the wild.

Thanks to concentrated efforts, including wetland conservation, human care breeding programs, and reintroduction efforts by zoos and other conservation organizations, the population is back up to approximately 760 cranes. Whooping cranes have make a remarkable comeback… but they’re not out of the woods yet.

These majestic birds – the tallest in North America, standing at an incredible 5 ft. tall – are close to our hearts here at the Dallas Zoo given so many whooping cranes “winter” to our south every year.

There are two main migratory flocks in North America – one travels from Wisconsin to Florida each winter, while the other flock flies from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast every October.

 


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