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Worry as Grey Crested Crane Nears Extinction

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Environmental conservationists are worried by the rate at which grey crowned cranes in Uganda are nearing extermination.

This is being blamed on wetland degradation and catching cranes, sildenafil http://chrisbevingtonorganisation.com/wp-admin/includes/template.php most of which are reportedly being trafficked into neighboring Rwanda.

This was revealed by Jimmy Muhoozi Muheebwa, http://chimpreports.com/entertainment/wp-includes/load.php the Eco-Trust Uganda Coordinator while speaking to Kabale district stakeholders at White Horse Inn Kabale on Tuesday.

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Muheebwa says that the traffickers of  the cranes use the Katuna border post to sneak them into the neighboring country, http://criasaude.com.br/wp-admin/includes/menu.php where they are sold majorly to hotel owners.

Despite Uganda being named the best birding destination in the world in 2012, the population of grey crowned cranes has been on a sharp decline for the last 40 years because of the destruction of wetland by human activity.

Muheebwa added that a number of cranes are also being domesticated in homes and public institutions especially in prisons, while others are caught for traditional use and some for food.

He said in some parts of Uganda especially along the common boarders of the neighboring Rwanda and Tanzania, there have been reports and records of cranes captured for sale, traditional use and domestication and that such acts complicate the plight of a species with a seriously declining population.

The bird also faces threats to its habitat due to drainage, overgrazing, and pesticide pollution. Their global population is estimated to be between 58,000 and 77,000 individuals. In 2012 it was uplisted from vulnerable to endangered by the IUCN

Muhoozi added that incorporating crane monitoring in district programs, crane awareness programs in media programs and developing strategies for sensitization and empowerment for law enforcement officers would help to stop the acts that have caused the decline of cranes in Kabale and in the country.

The meeting was intended to address illegal trade in and removal of grey crowned cranes from the wild and was organized by Eco-trust, the Conservation trust Uganda in partnership with International Crane Foundation and Endangered Wildlife Trust.

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