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Whooping Cranes

Whooping cranes are rare and endangered beauties.

Once thriving, whooping cranes are now the rarest species of crane and North America's most endangered native bird. You can learn more about these birds and see two of these rare beauties at Audubon Zoo. With the help of strong conservation efforts there is hope. In 2016 a pair of Whooping cranes raised their chick in the wild in Louisiana for the first time in 75 years.

Generous donors like Chevron, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), and Audubon Nature Institute have been longtime leaders in whooping crane conservation and recently expanded their partnership with the goal of developing a self-sustaining population of whooping cranes in Louisiana. This partnership is an example of state agencies, non-profit organizations and private industry collaborating to leverage their strengths to achieve measurable conservation results and make a significant, historic impact on the future of this endangered species.

Thanks to a generous grant from Chevron, Audubon will continue to make important progress toward saving the species.