Chick on exhibit with parents in zoo’s Temperate Territory

Bronx, NY – May 7, 2014 – This white-naped crane chick (Grus vipio) is the first of its kind successfully hatched at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo.

The chick hatched on April 11 and is on exhibit with its parents. This is the second chick produced by this pair; the first was hatched at the Bronx Zoo in 2011.

The Wildlife Conservation Society breeds white-naped cranes and other species as part of the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal populations in zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

White-naped cranes are a migratory species native to East Asia including China, Russia, Japan, North and South Korea, and Mongolia. They are classified as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with the wild population estimated to be between 5,500 and 6,500 individuals. The species is at risk because of loss of its wetland habitats to agriculture.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Mongolia Program has identified this species as a conservation priority, and has conducted censuses of it in high elevation wetlands of Mongolia and nearby countries. WCS has worked with conservation partners and governments across its range to help conserve this iconic species.

The Wildlife Conservation Society works to protect wildlife around the globe and has conservation programs in Asia working to save wildlife within the range of the white-naped crane.

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