Researcher aims to save endangered cranes

Wildlife NewsDate:
October 6, 2016

University of Saskatchewan

Slender, graceful and majestic, Asia’s red-crowned cranes may look the same in the wild or in captivity, but inside they are markedly different in the types of microbes they carry around—something that may guide conservation efforts for the endangered birds.

Red crowned cranes at the Yang-Cheng (Salt City) Bioreserve on China’s east coast. Cranes raised in captivity have markedly different microbiomes (internal microorganisms) than their wild relatives. Credit: Image courtesy of University of Saskatchewan

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