A group of Sarus Cranes at Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Van Hung
Two Sarus cranes kept in a Lao zoo are said to be moved to a national park in Dong Thap province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.
The cranes (Grus antigone sharpii), in their twenties and weighing five to six kilograms, are currently being bred at a zoo in Vientiane. Since the cranes are not healthy enough to survive in the wild, the zoo contacted the International Crane Foundation to find a place for them to live.
Tran Triet, a member of the foundation, had contacted the Dong Thap authorities to arrange for the cranes to be transported to Tram Chim National Park. The cranes are expected to arrive in November, he added.
“The cranes would be raised for the purpose of environmental education, not restocking,” Triet said, adding that the national park had built enclosures and trained staff to care for the cranes.
Tram Chim National Park, which covers 7,500 hectares, is a designated wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. It is a refuge for several species of birds, including the Sarus cranes, which have often migrated here from Cambodia between December and April.
According to the International Crane Foundation, there are approximately 15,000 to 20,000 Sarus cranes worldwide, with approximately 8,000 to 10,000 in India, Nepal and Pakistan. In mainland Southeast Asia (mainly in Vietnam and Cambodia), there are about 160 Sarus cranes, the foundation added.
The Sarus crane is listed as vulnerable according to the IUCN Red List.