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10 odd ways we protect endangered species

man in whooping crane suit

Photo: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

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Going undercover

Whooping cranes are some of the world’s most endangered animals, so they’re often raised in captivity and then released to help ensure their survival. Crane caretakers must wear shapeless, poncho-like costumes to prevent the baby birds from mistaking humans for their parents. The hood of the suit has camouflage netting so caretakers can see without being seen, and the whooping crane “parent” puppet is used to teach young cranes how to eat.