Whooping Cranes

Whooping Cranes

Meet the tallest birds in North America. We are home to male ‘Arthur’ and female ‘Mera’.

Discover majesty in the marshes

At nearly five feet tall with brilliant white plumage, whooping cranes are magnificent. These birds migrate annually from Texas’s Gulf Coast to Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada, traveling nearly 4,000 kilometres in just 45 days. Wherever they are on their journey, they are known for their loud, trumpeting bugle, which is performed in unison during their courtship ritual. 


  • IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (at very high risk of extinction in the wild)
  • Type: Bird
  • Habitat: Marshes, lakes, lagoons in Wood Buffalo National Park and Texas’s Gulf Coast
  • Diet: Omnivore – grains, crustaceans, and aquatic insects
  • Size: 4.9 feet tall, 7.5 feet wingspan
  • Weight: 13.3 to 17.2 pounds
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Whooping crane conservation

Care & Conservation

Whooping Crane Conservation

Our work in whooping crane conservation doesn’t stop at the zoo. Since 1992, we have led Canada’s only whooping crane conservation program.
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Fun Facts about Whooping Cranes

A whooping crane will impress a potential mate with a dance that includes running, leaping, and flapping its wings.

Whooping cranes growl to their newly hatched chicks to communicate.

Blue crabs are a whooping crane’s favourite food, and they can eat up to 80 in a day.

Both parents play an active role in caring for their young.

Whooping cranes mate for life.

They have black wing tips which are visible during flight.

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