Here are just two of the 13 whooping cranes i was fortunate enough to observe and photograph last weekend, including one juvenile. the whooping cranes are the larger white birds moving right to left. the smaller gray ones are sandhill cranes. turn the volume on and you can hear their very cool call! in 1938 we were 15 birds from extinction. today the wild population is between 600-700, with another 160 or so in captivity for about 800 of these amazing creatures surviving on the planet.⠀
this is probably the 2nd rarest animal i've ever seen in the wild, with the rarest being california condors in zion national park, which became extinct in the wild in 1987 when the remaining 27 individuals were captured. today that number has grown to about 500.⠀
what's the rarest animal you've ever seen?