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Whooping Crane

By Julie Grenier, TG Magazine youth journalist

The whooping crane is one of Canada's 40 endangered species outlined in IUCN's Red List, 1996. One of the rarest of the world's 15 crane species, one of the most ancient families of birds there are less than two hundred and fifty mature whooping cranes in Canada. The small number of whooping cranes in Canada. is a result of habitat loss, pollution and human disturbance, such as illegal and accidental shooting.

Currently efforts are being made to save the North American Whooping Crane. According to IUCN's Crane Action Plan, Canada's recovery plan includes protecting their habitat, establishing a captive breeding population, and increasing awareness and interest in the recovery program.