Saving Siberian Cranes
|Update, 5/2016: Franklin Park Zoo celebrates a new Siberian crane hatch Full story|
It’s estimated that only 3,000 Siberian cranes, an endangered species, remain in the wild. Through hard work and technical expertise, Zoo New England has offered a successful breeding ground for these rare birds.
Franklin Park Zoo is home to seven of the 22 Siberian cranes currently in captivity in three North American institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The first of Franklin Park Zoo’s 10 hatches was in 1999, making it the first zoo in North America to have successfully bred this endangered species.
For more on siberian cranes, visit our Franklin Park Zoo Animals page.
How do we do it? With a little mood lighting.
In the wild, Siberian cranes breed in the high Arctic regions of Siberia. Because of this, each year on February 14, Zoo staff increases the amount of light in the birds’ exhibit by one hour a week to simulate the light cycle in their native environment. The light is increased until the birds receive 21 to 22 hours of light a day. Once the light cycle reaches this point, the birds typically begin breeding.