Endangered crane absent from Vietnam’s Ramsar site

Losing their natural habitat and food source, red-crowned cranes no longer call a national park in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta home.

For three decades, Tram Chim National Park in the reed fields of Dong Thap Muoi in Dong Thap Province has been famous as a natural habitat for the large East Asian red-crowned crane, among the rarest in the world and classified “endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.

The cranes usually descend on the park from December to May, southern Vietnam’s dry season, to forage and mate prior to the onset of rainy, flood-prone weather.

But in recent years, the story has changed.

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Hoang Nam