• Our Sandhill crane, Sandy, was hatched in the wild and came to the Zoo through a wildlife rehabilitator.

• As a juvenile he was was found in Maine, separated from his flock. Due to ongoing medical treatments, he was unable to be returned to his flock before they migrated.

• The common name of this bird refers to habitat such as the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska’s Sandhills on the American Plains. This is the most important stopover area for up to 450,000 cranes migrating through annually.


Some migratory populations of sandhill cranes face population threats due to interspecies competition with snow geese. Preservation of their stop-over feeding grounds in the Sandhills of Nebraska is critical to their survival.