Wildwood Zoo

Meet the Sandhill Cranes at Wildwood Zoo

 sandhill cranes

Tim and Sam are our two Sandhill Cranes at the zoo.   They have been living at Wildwood Zoo for the last 16 years.

Our cranes are gray in color, while a lot of the wild cranes you see around Marshfield may be more of a red or rust-colored.  This is because nesting Sandhills will preen their feathers with reddish-colored mud to help camouflage them while they are sitting on the nest.

Tim and Sam are very vocal cranes, and you can often hear them communicating during the day.  Typically, they await feeding time patiently and greet the keepers at the gate.

Tim and Sam are both wild birds that were sent to rehabilitation centers.  Both Tim and Sam favor one wing and were unable to be released back in the wild because of their injuries. This is how they came to us at Wildwood Zoo.

Sandhill Crane Range in North America
map sandhill crane 
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