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Red-crowned crane

Crane at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) symbolizes good luck and long life in Asian culture, yet it is the second rarest crane in the world. An increasing human population and industrialization threaten critical habitat. Captive breeding and release programs are helping to bolster wild crane populations.

  • Facts: Where to see them: East Asia
  • Height: Up to 5 ft
  • Weight: 15 to 22 lbs
  • Wingspan: 7 to 8 ft
  • Habitat: Wetlands
  • Diet: Aquatic animals and plants
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)