All 15 species of cranes found in the world can be seen in only one place: The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Here is a complete list of where they are found in the wild and how they are trending:
Demoiselle Crane: 47 countries throughout the world. Asia, Kazakhstan/central Asia, and Kalmykia- abundant . Near the Black Sea -declining, the Atlas plateau of northern Africa, and Turkey- near extinction.
Grey Crowned Cranes: Tanzania Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Zimbabwe, and northern Mozambique, The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda. East African -declining with South African -stable
Hooded Crane: southeastern Russia and northern China. Russia-Mongolia-China border region, the Japanese island of Kyushu. in southern Japan, in South Korea, and at several sites along the middle Yangtze River in China. -declining
Sarus Crane: World’s tallest, India and the western half of Nepal’s Terai Lowlands Pakistan, Indochina. Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Yunnan Province (China) and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, in northeastern Australia – declining
Siberian Cranes: northeastern Siberia and middle Yangtze River in China. along the south coast of the Caspian Sea in Iran and just south of the Ob River east of the Ural Mountains in Russia- RAPID decline
White Naped Crane: Mongolia, northeastern China, southeastern Russia. the Yellow River delta, wetlands in the middle Yangtze River valley, through the Korean peninsula, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, the Japanese island of Kyushu outside the city of Izumi- declining.
The whooping cranes and the sandhill cranes are in our area. Have you seen cranes where you live or traveled?
If you like nature, conservation or birds I’m sure you would enjoy a visit to the International Crane Foundation. Read about our visit here:
*Information and photos on this list are from the International Crane Foundation.
If you’d like to visit the ICF and see all 15 species of cranes it’s on Shady Lane Road between Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells.
ICF Members: free
Youth: (6-17): $5.00
Children under 5: Free
Free parking and picnic area
Guided Tours: 10 am, 1 and 3 pm Memorial Day- Labor Day, weekend only in April, May, September and October.
Please, no pets.