Outside Animals

East African crowned crane Balearica regulorum


The East African crowned crane lives in dry savannahs.

Diet in the wild

Plants, seeds, insects, worms, frogs and small fish

Diet at the Zoo

Specially formulated grain and insects

Fascinating Facts

  • The Mohawk on top of their head is actually feathers
  • Fossil records indicate crowned cranes lived 37 to 54 million years ago
  • Can live up to 50 years
  • Only cranes to perch in trees