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One of six breeding pairs of whooping cranes that arrived at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. With less than 900 birds on the planet, the six mated-pairs will be the founding members of SCBI’s whooping crane research and breeding program. The chicks that the pairs hatch will be candidates for reintroduction to the wild.
Photo: Skip Brown/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute