Crane Breeding Base in Liaoning marks success

By ZHOU HUIYING | | Updated: 2023-09-22 16:45
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A breeder feeds red-crowned cranes at the Liaoning Crane Breeding Base in Panjin, Liaoning province. [Photo provided to]

Over the years, the base has developed artificial breeding followed by release into the wild of birds hatched in captivity. The releases improved the survival rate and also ensured that a large number of birds remained in their natural habitat. 

Currently, a stable population of 30 breeding pairs has been established, and the annual breeding numbers increased to 85 in 2023 from 27 in 2016. A total of 356 red-crowned were artificially bred in captivity between 2016 and 2023. 

In 2021, the base conducted its first release into the wild. A total of 11 batches, comprising 140 artificially bred red-crowned cranes, have been released since then. The base expects to release a total of 500 artificially bred red-crowned cranes by 2025.

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