We have so far returned 153 captive Grey Crowned Cranes back to the wild and reduced poaching at its source. We are now in the process of establishing a permanent facility for illegally traded cranes that are unfit to return to the wild because of ill-health, permanent injury, disability or habituation (approximately 60 cranes). This will mean that we can successfully achieve our goal of having NO illegally kept Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda. This is something that no other country has been able to achieve.
Due to the current lack of facilities, these cranes currently continue to be housed in their captive environment which is often not suitable. There is a great need for these cranes to be housed in an environment that is permanent, safe and enriching. The facility will be built in an area of natural marshland located on the edge of Kigali city. There will be a large enclosure for the cranes with suitable and enriching habitat. In the future, we also want to establish an exhibit infrastructure with viewing platforms and hides for visitors, an environmental education space, a café and a gift shop.