The Grey Crowned Crane
(Balearica regulorum)

 

The grey crowned crane is currently listed as endangered by the IUCN. Found in eastern and southern Africa, these uniquely golden crowned birds are also the national bird of Uganda.

The major threat facing this species is human disturbances. This includes habitat loss, capture for commercial trade, and land development.  As of 2019, there are roughly 30,000 individuals left in the wild and decreasing every year.  

Since one of the largest concerns is commercial trade, efforts are being made to monitor and disrupt illegal trade, reduce the demand for wild-caught cranes, and educate and empower local communities.