Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. The grey crowned crane is about 1 m (3.3 ft) tall, weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs), and has a wingspan of 2 m (6.5 ft). The Grey Crowned Crane frequents wetlands and open grasslands, savannah and cultivated areas. In East Africa, this crane can be found in modified habitats such as pastures, croplands and irrigated areas. While in South Africa, it occurs in marshes, grasslands and savannahs, and cultivated fields.The grey crowned crane has a breeding display involving dancing, bowing, and jumping.
This animal does not have set migration patterns, and birds nearer the tropics are typically sedentary. Birds in more arid areas, particularly Namibia, make localized seasonal movements during drier periods. Nowadays, its face threats due to drainage, overgrazing and pesticide pollution. Grey Crown Crane is listed as vulnerable species which means that it may become endangered in the near future. That’s why we preserve this type of species in our zoo for our next generation to see.