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International Crane Foundation

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Learn about cranes worldwide in one place.

All the cranes were out the day we visited so it was a successful day! Since most of the viewing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Madison, Wisconsin
A Hiddent Gem

The ICF is a great stop. Only takes about an hour to tour and lots of areas to sit and rest. This... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lancaster, California
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The International Crane Foundation is the only place on Earth where you can see all 15 of the world's crane species! Located in Baraboo amid the farmlands of southern Wisconsin, the International Crane Foundation's headquarters are just ten minutes...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
E11376 Shady Lane Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913-9778
+1 608-356-9462
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Reviewed 1 week ago

All the cranes were out the day we visited so it was a successful day! Since most of the viewing and activity is outdoors, pick a nice day. There are information kiosks/signs at each exhibit so you can learn a lot on your own. If...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ICF is a great stop. Only takes about an hour to tour and lots of areas to sit and rest. This is such an unusual sanctuary that you really don't want to miss it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bridget was our tour guide, she was so enthusiastic and informative, the information she gave on each bird was so educational we became members. The whole staff were so enthusiastic about the cranes and what the center is doing.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wasn't sure what is was going to be like but it was worth going to. The $9.50 we paid went to help them remodel and build it up. There were some interesting cranes and some were colorful and a couple had a personality. There...More

Thank Kristina H
Reviewed October 10, 2018

This is truly a hidden gem in the state of WI. We watched the movies, and learned about the cranes, walked around the grounds and viewed the different cranes in their enclosures. They are going to close for a year to renovate the grounds -...More

Thank Barbara D
Reviewed October 2, 2018

When our plans changed for the day, we had some free time and decided to check out this place. It was a grey, chilly day, and the place wasn't crowded, so it was a serene setting in which to appreciate an amazing collection of 15...More

Thank IlliniHope
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Since it’s inception years ago, ICF has led the world in crane recovery and the saving of its habitat. At its headquarters in Baraboo, one can see all 15 species of cranes, experience an educational setting, and learn about the endangered birds. Plan to spend...More

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Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

This is the most amazing animal sanctuary I have ever been to. The cranes are beautiful and there is an introduction video in the building if you take the tour. Staff were very friendly and gift shop had many choices. This is truly a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+...More

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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Spent the afternoon here lovely facility. Day was extremely hot and cranes as well as us were looking for any shade. Did get some nice pictures,and will go back when the renovations are completed.

Thank patriciamI1349UH
Reviewed September 16, 2018

The guides are very knowledgeable about cranes from North and South America, and all over the world. The trails are pretty easy to walk but because of the heat, I used one of the go-carts. The birds are beautiful and only fenced in for protection...More

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Maureen H
Can you share any insight to a female Sandhill Crane that’s been sitting on a nest for over 2 months now? There’s 2 eggs I can see but they don’t seem to be viable. She’s getting very frail. Her mate is rarely if ever is even around this last few weeks. I haven’t seen nor heard him all week. Some days she’ll take a walk in the afternoon but she’s not getting much food. I put out some corn but the deer snag that overnight. Tried some small potatoes- no go. She’s just sitting on the eggs & sleeping most of the time & is still very protective of the nest. I’m getting real worried she won’t make it. She seems very depressed & the male seems to have bailed on her. This pair has been in this neighborhood for years & successfuly raised 2 chicks last & in some years past (before I was here). Any thoughts? Thanks!
May 18, 2018|
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Response from SavingCranes | Property representative |
Hi Maureen, Thank you for your updates with the Sandhill Crane in your area. We are glad to hear the pair has returned to their normal routine. It is interesting to hear the pair split for a little during the incubation... More
Elaine S
April 5, 2017|
Response from SavingCranes | Property representative |
Hi Elaine S. Thank you for your question. We are not open this Friday, April 7, but will be open next week on Saturday, April 15 through October 31. Our daily hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We hope that you will still... More
April 6, 2015|
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Response from SavingCranes | Property representative |
Thanks so much for visiting us...and for becoming a member! You are correct that your membership fee is of great values. We apply it directly to our work to save cranes worldwide - whether the captive ones you see on display... More