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Whooping Crane Kids: Learning Life's Lessons

Finding food
We all need food to survive! How do captive and wild chicks learn where to find it and what to eat?

Compare the pictures for each group and think about these questions. (Click on any picture for a larger one.)

Chicks in Captivity Chicks in the Wild  

  • How do both types of chicks learn to eat?

  • How do you think the diet of the costume-raised chicks is different from the diet of the wild chicks?

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Captive cranes: Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP)
Wild cranes: 1 & 3: Steve Nesbitt, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; 2: Brian Johns, Canadian Wildlife Service; 4: Diane Loyd