The Grey Crowned Crane is an iconic symbol for Uganda, appearing on its flag, and coat of arms. The national football team is even called the “Uganda Cranes,” in honor of the towering birds’ strength and invincibility. But sadly, this spectacular bird is now on IUCN’s Red Data list and if nothing is done, it’s heading to extinction. That’s because the monogamous cranes always build their nests hidden deep in marshy swamps. Their very future depends on the preservation of wetlands, which are being drained throughout Africa, by farmers and herders hungry for land.