Red-crowned crane


Welcome, ‘Ruby’

June 08, 2023 | 1 minute read

We’re turning red with excitement – join us in welcoming a NEW species to zoo grounds!

A female red-crowned crane named ‘Ruby’ joined the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo family last week. Her habitat can be found at the back courtyard habitat of Gateway to Asia. We can’t wait to celebrate her 20th birthday later this month!

Did you know that the red-crowned crane is one of the largest crane species in the world? They can stand up to five feet tall and have a wingspan of two and a half metres!

Red-crowned cranes are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is estimated that there are ~3,000 left in the wild. As an ambassador for her species, we’re thrilled to welcome this magnificent bird to her new home.

Red-crowned crane

Red-crowned crane, ‘Ruby’