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Rushebeya- Kanyabaha wetland is in southwestern Uganda in the Rukiga district. Rukiga is located in one of the steep-sloped landscape areas of Uganda with an altitude of more than 2000meters above sea level.
The wetland inhabits one of the highest breeding pairs and numbers of an endangered species of birds called the Grey Crowned Cranes.
Grey Crowned Cranes serve a role as umbrella species at a broader ecosystem perspective. Societies around the globe have become increasingly aware of the value of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, particularly related to wetlands .Unfortunately, despite being the most abundant species of the African cranes, a decline in its population has occurred due to degradation of their habitat by human developments, hunting, egg-collection and poisoning among others. In fact, the Red List of Threatened Species,IUCN has listed the Grey Crowned-crane as endangered. This means that if no serious measures are taken to reverse this trend, we might see the cranes pushed closer to extinction.