The popularity of decorating a yard with long-legged birds didn’t begin with plastic flamingos. In Rwanda and elsewhere, juvenile wild cranes and eggs are illegally caught, sold, and confined to solitary futures as status symbols for humans. The few who remain free in the wild find their wetland breeding grounds increasingly tainted by pesticides or drained and converted to fields for agriculture.
Over the past four decades, the wild grey crowned crane population in Rwanda has plummeted
80%to less than 500.
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