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Red-Crowned Crane

Grus japonensis

Geographic Region: breed in east Asia and northern Japan, but spend winters in Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula

Did You Know? Cranes have specialized vocal adaptations highlighted by an extremely long trachea that coils within a hollow sternum. They produce a wide variety of calls ranging from low-pitched purrs to the loud unison calls involved in courtship and pair maintenance. The calls of male and female cranes differ in pitch.



Height: 5 ft.

Weight: 12 – 22 lbs.

Zoo Diet

crane feed, crickets, feline feed, mice, smelt

Conservation Status


Marco Polo's Adventure Trek

Exhibit information

Follow Marco Polo's wild journey! Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the famous explorer, and see some of the animals that he may have encountered as he traveled through the extreme environments of the desert and high mountains. Get a glimpse one of our moon bears climbing or playing in the pool. See the beautiful red pandas and impressive takin. Can you find the secretive snow leopard? Look carefully—they blend in perfectly with their surroundings! If you come in winter, you might just be able to watch our red crowned cranes perform their intricate courtship dance. Can you figure out each of these animal’s adaptations that allow them to survive in such extreme environments?

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