The Abilene Zoo has welcomed two new additions to their growing Crowned Crane family.
On Tuesday, Sept. 25, two Grey Crowned Cranes were hatched at the zoo.
Another crane was hatched in early September. That chick was the first Crowned Crane chick born at the zoo. The chick is being hand-raised by zoo staff after being abandoned by its parents.
The two newest cranes are being raised by their parents.
"The new male Crowned Crane who joined the female last year is obviously a good mate for her and has proven to be a great dad to the chicks," Zoo Director Bill Gersonde said in a press release. "We're thrilled that the chick being hand-raised has done so well under the watchful eye of our dedicated staff. This chick has grown almost two feet and is gaining weight daily."
Grey Crowned Cranes used to be considered a common and thriving species in East Africa, but their numbers have drastically declined in recent decades. Grey Crowned Cranes are now listed as "Endangered." Surveys suggest they have declined by 80% across Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and elsewhere.
If you want to see the cranes, they are on exhibit next to the hand-reared chick in the northwest corner of the zoo next to the zebra exhibit. The Abilene Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with admissions closing at 4:30 p.m.
For more information, www.abilenezoo.org