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Meet Our Whooping Cranes

Gaze through the marshes in the heart of the Canadian Wilds and you’re in for an incredibly rare sight—whooping cranes.

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How you can help

At the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, we’re passionate about wildlife conservation. Your donations and membership costs can go a long way towards helping us fund our efforts.

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Where We Live

Wild whooping cranes breed in Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park and the Northwest Territories.

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Calgary Zoo - Animals - Whooping Crane Did You Know

Did You Know?

At nearly 1.5 M (five feet) tall, the whooping crane is North America's tallest bird!

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Whooping Crane Recovery Program

Only hundreds of these graceful birds live in the wild. That might sound low, but it’s actually quite impressive. With help from conservation organizations, including the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, whooping cranes have recovered from an all-time low in the 1940’s, when the number of wild whooping cranes in the world dipped to only 21!

The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo’s Whooping Crane Recovery Program is proudly funded by ConocoPhillips Canada.