Cranes have inspired humans for centuries and are well represented in the art and folklore of many cultures. More recently, they have become important flagship species in many areas, promoting the protection of the habitats on which they rely, particularly wetlands, and thereby providing protection not only for themselves but also for the many other species associated with those habitats.
Despite widespread respect and in some cultures even reverence for cranes, protection of cranes and their habitats is far from being universal. Many cranes are highly endangered and they constitute one of the most endangered bird families.
The aim of this volume is to improve crane husbandry and maximise the effectiveness of ex-situ and in-situ crane conservation projects worldwide. Wildpro® "Cranes: Health and Management" will provide field workers, veterinarians, veterinary nurses, technicians, aviculturists, project managers, researchers and students with a one-stop high quality up-to-date information resource on the identification, natural history, conservation, captive management, diseases and treatment of cranes, in a portable, readily-accessible format.