Behind the scenes at a remarkable 30 year survival experiment in the Far East of Russia.
This is a key moment for the one year old chicks. Picture: Khingansky Nature Reserve
Five young cranes – Gar, Tulungin, Neya, Harga and Aldekson – are pictured here being released in the wild close to Lake Kleshinskoye.
This is a key moment for the one year old chicks, hatched and bred in captivity in a scheme to save two types of this majestic bird – the red-crowned or Japanese crane and white-naped crane.
They need to get familiar with the wild, and find appropriate company to fly south for wintering.
The next summer they will return, find couples and have their own chicks.
Khingansky Nature Reserve in Amur region has been running this programme for three decades .
Eggs are delivered here from zoos all over…
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