Crane reproductive physiology and conservation

Zoo Biology



Some unique features of crane reproduction, management, and conservation are described. Because cranes are sexually monomorphic, sexing is difficult and must be accomplished using behavior, laparoscopy, cloacal examination, genetic techniques, or fecal steroid analysis. Although husbandry techniques for cranes are similar to those used with other nondomestic birds, a number of basic characteristics, such as extreme aggressiveness, imprinting by the crane chick on man, a delayed molt in the immature crane, delayed sexual maturity, and infertility, pose special problems for the propagator. Artificial insemination is a practical solution to crane infertility. Vigorous captive management and propagation efforts must become increasingly important if several endangered crane species are to survive the continuing decline in wild populations. The ultimate goal is the restoration of suitable habitat and sustainable native populations.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Crane reproductive physiology and conservation
Series title Zoo Biology
Volume 2
Issue 3
Year Published 1983
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 199-213
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Zoo Biology
First page 199
Last page 213
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