Endangered Whooping Crane Hatches!

Direct Autumn Release

The International Crane Foundation has announced this spring’s first hatch of a Whooping Crane chick at its headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin. As a federally designated endangered species, the hatch of a Whooping Crane is always a significant event. The fact that it was hatched through a captive breeding program for release into the wild is further evidence of how critical such programs are to the species’ survival.

ICF's Sarus Cranes Contribute to Breeding Goals One Egg at a Time

Recently, we learned from the Sarus Crane Studbook keeper that Majnu, our 51 year old male Indian Sarus Crane, along with Chandini, a 12 year old female on loan to ICF from the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Florida, are not only a good genetic pair, but there is a need for their offspring in captivity.

Visitors to ICF May See Rare Hooded Crane Chick


Wasabi, a rare Hooded Crane, hatched at the International Crane Foundation on June 6, 2014. But even before that, its journey was a colorful one. Eggs produced by ICF’s captive flock are either destined for release into the wild – like those of Whooping Cranes – or play an important role as captive breeding birds to protect wild cranes for future generations.

ICF Receives AZA Accreditation


The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced this week that the International Crane Foundation (ICF) was granted re-accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

“By meeting Association of Zoos and Aquariums Accreditation Standards, the International Crane Foundation sets itself apart as one of the top zoos in the world,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “The International Crane Foundation is a leader in the care and conservation of cranes, and in educating people about the natural world.”