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The charismatic cranes are pleasant ambassadors for nature conservation and a significant tourist attraction. Conservation objectives can be communicated effectively through these impressive birds.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Since 2017, NABU is the only shareholder of Crane Conservation Germany. The main aim of Crane Conservation Germany is to provide secure breeding and undisturbed staging sites for cranes in Germany, contribute to international crane conservation, and offer environmental education.
'The NABU Crane Centre' was created in 1996 and is located in Groß Mohrdorf, about 14 km to the Northwest of the city Stralsund. It is situated within the internationally important crane staging region Darß-Zingst-Bodden chain and Rügen island (NE Germany). The permanent exhibition can be visited year-round and provides all relevant information about the Eurasian crane and its relatives. The exhibition contains information boards, audio-visual media, and anatomical preparations, which give interesting insights into the life of these impressive large birds. For individual people, the entrance is free of charge. However, with up to 500 visitors per day in autumn, the current Centre is way too small for visitors and staff.
Visitor management is also an important field of activity. Many excursions and other events are organized by the NABU Crane Centre. One of these events is the "Week of the crane“, which takes place every year in September.
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"The Cranes' World" Germany
Therefore, the Kranichschutz Deutschland gGmbH in sponsorship of the NABU e.V. is aiming to establish a new unique International Crane Centre in Germany to provide information on climate protection and biodiversity. The New International Crane Centre will be a travel destination for all crane lovers in Europe. The centre’s exhibition is supposed to take visitors to a new environment and inspire them.
The new centre will meet today's demands as a year-round tourist attraction with a contemporary multimedia exhibition, adventure room, bistro, and shop. A modern multimedia room offers further possibilities for film screenings, seminar events, or intensive work with school groups on ecological and nature conservation topics. The administrative wing with a meeting room and a small seminar room for optimal working conditions rounds off the room programme.
The new building of the International Crane Centre is planned on a hitherto agriculturally used area outside the village of Günz. The barrier-free observation platform "Kranorama", opened in 2015 and owned by the Kranichschutz Deutschland gGmbH at Lake Günz, is within walking distance. This creates synergy effects for the experience of the crane and the communication of its way of life, as well as the shared use of visitor parking spaces and thus a reduction in traffic load. The voluntary staff of the Kranorama can use the social rooms in the new building.
The future look of the new centre The Crane's World in Germany