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Featured Species | Whooping Crane (07:11)

Host: Sarah Leon with John French

Whooping Crane (click to view larger)
Whooping crane
Photo credit: USFWS


Status: Endangered/ Listed on March 11, 1967
Scientific Name: Grus americana
Description: The whooping crane is one of the most, if not the most, endangered birds in North America. A combination of hunting and habitat loss nearly drove the species to extinction in the 1940s. Thanks to the hard work of federal, state, and nongovernmental groups, there are now about 250 whooping cranes living in the wild and another 150 whoopers in captivity. The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center currently has the largest breeding flock of about 60 birds.
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Last updated: April 7, 2011