International Crane Foundation
International Crane Foundation logo
|Location||E11376 Shady Lane Rd, Baraboo, Wisconsin, 53913, USA|
|Land area||225 acres (91 ha)|
|No. of species||15|
|Memberships||AZA, Travel Green Wisconsin|
Founded in 1973, the International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. ICF addresses the health of landscapes that sustain not only cranes, but also people, and a wealth of biological diversity. ICF maintains a 250-acre headquarters in the heart of Wisconsin that hosts a “species bank” of over 100 cranes and where more than 20,000 people visit annually. The Foundation's headquarters features live crane exhibits, a visitor center, breeding facilities, research library, miles of nature trails, and a global center for conservation leadership and training. ICF has a network of specialists and community leaders working to create models that demonstrate real conservation solutions based on long-term commitments in over 50 countries on ﬁve continents. Cranes truly are ambassadors for conservation – serving as flagships for some of the most important places on Earth.
The story of the International Crane Foundation began in 1973 at Cornell University with two students who shared a passion for cranes. Ornithology students, Ron Sauey and George Archibald, envisioned an organization that would combine research, captive breeding and reintroduction, landscape restoration, and education to safeguard the world’s 15 crane species. In 1973, with the generosity of the Sauey family (who rented their horse farm to Ron and George for $1 a year) the International Crane Foundation was founded in Baraboo, Wisconsin. ICF moved to its current 225-acre (91 ha) headquarters in 1984.
In its first four decades, the International Crane Foundation has developed unique collaborations and led effective community-based conservation programs, important research projects and innovative captive breeding and reintroduction efforts. These endeavors have inspired international cooperation, helped improve livelihoods for people around the world, and lead to the protection of millions of acres of wetlands and grasslands on the five continents where cranes live.
Today, the International Crane Foundation’s impact reaches across the globe. The Foundation maintains a regional base in China and shares program offices with partner organizations in Cambodia, India, South Africa, Texas, Vietnam, and Zambia. ICF's approximately 74 team members work with a network of hundreds of specialists in over 50 countries on five continents.
References and notes
- "History". savingcranes.org. International Crane Foundation. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
- "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
- Holstein, Gretchen H.; Thompson, David Hugh (2007). Reflections: The Story of Cranes. Baraboo, Wisconsin: International Crane Foundation.