Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association in collaboration with Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is set to relocate 21 cranes from the residence of former president of Rwanda, Habyarimana Juvenal to Akagera National Park.
Dr Olivier Nsengimana who is in charge of protection of cranes’ lives in Rwanda has told IGIHE the museum accommodated 33 cranes but only 21 were found healthy to be easily integrated in wild life. This will be the third round of cranes transferred to the park.
The cranes were collected from people’s residents who owned them as pets.
The program of transferring the birds was initiated in 2014 after realizing the dwindling numbers of cranes as people took them to their homes.
Dr Nsengimana says that they have already registered 216 cranes from people’s residences since 2014 while 300 cranes were counted in people’s homes in 2013.
Today 77 cranes have been taken to the park. Cranes that cannot adapt to wild life will be relocated to special constructed area.
Dr Olivier explained that cranes bring an added value to Rwanda’s birding. He urged people to register cranes in their homes.
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