The beauty and elegance are the reasons the Crested Crane was chosen as uganda's national emblem by the then Uganda Governor and ornithologist Sir Fredrick Johnson in 1893.
The tall beauty is known to breed in swamps although in recent decades as human population has risen, the wetlands have become degraded and fragmented, with large areas drained and converted for agriculture and livestock production. Wildlife has declined and the Grey Crowned Crane-the National symbol of Uganda is among those affected.
The loss of breeding grounds and food sources have seen populations decline by 80% over the past 40 years. More birds have been persecuted for raiding crops in 'their territory' and others trapped for illegal trade and domestication further contributing to their decline.
For the last decade, NatureUganda has led conservation efforts for the species through activities that focus on the species and its habitat, wetlands. The primary role has been to curb the decline of Grey Crowned Cranes in the species' strongholds in Uganda, by maintaining and improving the ecological integrity of wetlands, developing effective methods of protecting breeding pairs, chicks and flocks, and improving the livelihoods of local communities.
The following strategies have been used to subdue this catastrophic decline;
After a series of meetings by the Task Force, great strides have been made towards the SAP completion which is now scheduled to be launched in March 2018 according to the recently concluded task force meeting held in Kampala on 23rd Nov 2017.
The Species Action plan is critical because once launched, it will provide national level support towards;
Protecting our national symbol is a responsibility which does not segregate against ethnicity or status. When you sign up as a member of NatureUganda, you support all our conservation efforts including the protection of Uganda's national symbol through advocacy and awareness campaigns.
To become a member, simply send your annual contribution for any of the categories below to +256 777147367 through mobile money or by visiting the secretariat in Naguru Plot 1 Katalima Crescent. You can also write out a cheque of any amount to NatureUganda as a contribution towards the Grey Crowned Crane.
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