International Crane Foundation


Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President & CEO

Richard BeilfussDr. Richard Beilfuss is President & CEO of the International Crane Foundation, a nonprofit organization working worldwide to conserve endangered cranes and the wetlands, grasslands and agricultural systems on which they depend. Beilfuss provides oversight, direction and prioritization to International Crane Foundation programs across Asia, Africa and North America, working closely with the foundation’s regional offices in China, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Zambia, Uganda, South Africa and Texas. His work focuses on cranes as sensitive indicators of environmental health, as culturally-revered flagships for the conservation of globally-important places, and as ambassadors for international cooperation and goodwill.

From 1992-2006, Beilfuss was responsible for developing and managing the International Crane Foundation’s regional program in Africa, working with staff and associates in more than 20 countries across the continent and spearheading public and private efforts to implement innovative water management practices in the water-stressed Zambezi River Basin for the benefit of cranes, many other species and human livelihoods.  He also engaged in water management efforts in Vietnam, Nepal and China. From 2006-2009, he lived in Mozambique with his family and served as Director of Conservation Services for Gorongosa National Park under the Carr Foundation.

Beilfuss is a licensed professional hydrologist and teaches graduate courses in engineering and environmental studies at the UW-Madison and the University of Eduardo Mondlane-Mozambique. He lives with his wife, Katie, and their two sons in Madison. He is an avid unicycle rider, dart-thrower and birder – but not all at the same time.

Click here to view a listing of Rich’s publications on ResearchGate. Learn more about our work in Sub-Saharan Africa.