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A black crowned crane at Paignton Zoo caught in an inquisitive moment by volunteer photographer Ray Wiltshire. The black crowned crane is a species of sub-Saharan swamps and grasslands; it's the only crane to roost in trees. It is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

Paignton Zoo is home to five black crowned cranes, including a breeding pair and their three offspring from 2013 and 2014. The youngsters share a paddock with two young grey crowned cranes to help socialise them as they mature. There is a European Stud Book for the species.

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