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Grey Crowned Cranes – Birds of The Wild

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PC Photograph: Umusambi Village

I always thought there was beauty in watching things. Whether it’s people watching or looking out at the scenery. There’s a beauty in things that we don’t quite fully understand. For me, bird watching has always been interesting. There are birds all around us, but do we ever pay attention to them or how they interact? The answer will probably be no.

Something that might be even more important than just watching birds is doing our part to save them from extinction. We tend to forget that we came and invaded their space. We filled their habitats with buildings and roads – many pushed out of their safe spaces. Some of them often stay without a place to call home. Imagine that.

Imagine not calling anywhere home because it was constantly being invaded by things you didn’t even know about.

The good thing is that some organizations are doing their part and helping out where they can. Umusambi Village, founded by Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association, is one of them, and that’s what we’re going to dive deeper into.

PC Photograph: Umusambi Village

About 400 remaining Grey Crowned Cranes remained in the wild five years ago, and they were rapidly moving towards extinction. Sadly, many were disabled because of captivity’s burden on them. Because of this, they weren’t able to return to the wild. Umusambi Village has worked extremely hard to reverse some of those effects to help captive Grey Crowned Cranes find their home back in the wild.

That’s when Umusambi Village came to be. Putting their foot down, they wanted to provide a safe space for Grey Crowned Cranes to make their permanent natural home, no matter their condition. This way, they would be saving a lot of these beautiful birds and keeping their word about not allowing them to stay in captivity.

Umusambi Village is a restored wetland area, to be more specific, providing over 50 endangered Grey Crowned Cranes with a sanctuary. It’s a natural habitat where the birds and other creatures can thrive without the restrictions of the illegal pet trade. Unfortunately, many cranes cannot survive in the wild, so Umusambi Village’s conservation project has given them a chance to live in relative safety.

PC Photograph: Umusambi Village

And, one of the more interesting things about Umusambi Village is that guests can walk around through the trails, learning more about the conservation work with these beautiful birds. At stations throughout the boardwalks, visitors receive education about how much we need the environment and everything that makes its home in it.

Even the smallest acts of kindness can go a long way. Umusambi Village takes pride in the green around them. SO much that they want to share it with everyone and everything that passes through. With great volunteers and guides behind the scenes, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss. And as much as some of us don’t want to admit it, our environment and animals support human existence. We must keep both safe by learning what we can do.

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