Grace, Elegance and Beauty
Gaze through rustling bulrushes in the heart of the Canadian Wilds and you’re in for an incredibly rare sight – whooping cranes. Only 400 of these graceful birds live in the wild. That number might sound low, but it’s actually quite impressive. With help from conservation organizations, including the Calgary Zoo, whooping cranes have recovered from an all-time low in the 1940’s, when the number of wild whooping cranes left in the world dipped to only 21 individuals.
Only a 45-minute drive from the zoo, the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city – and with good reason. Here, peace and quiet are critical ingredients for successfully breeding endangered species for reintroduction into the wild.
Wild whooping cranes breed in Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park and the Northwest Territories.
At a Glance
6 - 7.8 kg (13 - 17 lb.)
1.5 m (4.9 ft.)
Fish, small reptiles, frogs, crustaceans, shellfish, birds, insects and snails, and plants such as berries, aquatic plants and grain