West African Black Crowned Cranes ( Balearica pavonina.pavonina
) Ali's pets and guardians of his compound .. traditionally kept in captivity in West Africa. Nigeria's
national bird and once thought to have previously ranged across 22 countries in West and Central Africa, these cranes are now of
current global conservation concern. Sadly, their numbers in the wild have fallen dramatically and despite the efforts of the International Crane Foundation and other conservationists on behalf of the
species .. they are now classed as endangered.