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BirdLife Zimbabwe crowns crane champions

Date posted: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

BLZ awards Markdale Site Support Group the status of Nature's Heroes 

Markdale SSG: taking a leading role in reporting cases of illegal egg collection of cranes

© BirdLife Zimbabwe.

The Markdale group, one of four Site Support Groups (SSGs) which BLZ established in the Driefontein Grasslands IBA in 2009, works closely with BLZ in promoting the conservation of two species of crane. Up to 85% of Zimbabwe's Wattled Crane population, and important numbers of the Grey Crowned-crane, are found in this IBA.

The Driefontein Grasslands holds a mixture of open grasslands, vleis, dams, pans, and patches of miombo woodlands. The Markdale Site Support Group have been instrumental in providing information of any emerging threats to cranes species and their habitats. A terrific story of conservation work in the local community. Read all about it here.

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