William Robichaud

William Robichaud is the coordinator of the Saola Working Group of the IUCN SSC’s Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group, and hosted by GWC.  He is also the founding Coordinator of the Saola Working Group of the IUCN SSC’s Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group.  He has been working on wildlife conservation and research in Southeast Asia for nearly 25 years. 

William Robichaud is a native of Wisconsin, USA. He holds degrees in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin and the University of British Columbia.

He first traveled to Vietnam in 1990, with the International Crane Foundation, to survey endangered Sarus Cranes on the Mekong Delta. He essentially never left Indochina after that first experience. For most of the past 20 years he has been based in Laos. He is a former Laos country director for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and has worked in Laos and Vietnam on wildlife conservation projects for WWF, IUCN, Fauna & Flora International, the World Bank, the Lao government, and the Centre for International Forestry Research. He is the founding Coordinator of the Saola Working Group of the IUCN Species Survival commission, and is one of few westerners who have seen a living Saola.

In 2015, Robichaud was awarded the IUCN’s Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership for “his extraordinary leadership in raising global attention for the conservation of the Saola through the SSC Saola Working Group, building a dedicated network of scientists and practitioners in Laos and Vietnam focused on saving the iconic species.”

For nearly 40 years, he has also been a principal in the Cedar Grove Ornithological Station, on Wisconsin’s shore of Lake Michigan. During this span, CGOS has been the most research-productive raptor observation and banding station in the world.


  • M.S., Zoology, University of British Columbia.
  • B.S., Zoology, University of Wisconsin.


Robichaud, W. 2014. Motivation for payments for ecosystem services in Laos: The essential alignment. Working Paper 142. CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia.

Coudrat, C.N.Z., C. Nanthavong, S. Sayavong, A. Johnson, J.B. Johnston & W. Robichaud. 2014. Non-Panthera cats in Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area, Lao PDR. CATNews 8: 45-52.

Robichaud W. 2013. Experiences from the field: lessons learned in the implementation of integrated conservation and development projects: Laos, Nakai-Nam Theun National Protected Area. Pp 110-124 in Sunderland, T. C.H., J. Sayer and M. H. Hoang, eds. Evidence-based conservation: lessons from the lower Mekong. CIFOR, Bogor, Indonesia,

Timmins, R. J., J.W. Duckworth, T.E. Hansel, & W.G. Robichaud. 2013. The conservation status of Phayre’s Leaf Monkey Trachypithecus phayrei in Lao PDR. Primate Conservation 26: 89-101.

Robichaud, W. 2013. Results of village interviews and limited field observations for birds and mammals in the area of the Nam Ngum 3 Hydropower Project. Nam Ngum 3 Power Company Limited. Vientiane.

Saola Working Group. 2012. Saola Conservation: a portfolio of priority initiatives; v. 2012.1. Saola Working Group and IUCN Lao Programme. Vientiane.

Robichaud, W.G. 2011. Saola Pseudoryx nghetinhensis. Pp. 590-591 in Wilson, D.E. and R. A. Mittermeier, eds. Handbook of the Mammals of the World Vol. 2, Hoofed Mammals. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Robichaud, W.G. 2010. Notes on a remarkable history: Cedar Grove Ornithological Station. Passenger Pigeon 72: 215-217.

Duckworth, J.W, U. Steicher and W.G. Robichaud. 2010. Further records of Stripe-backed Weasel Mustela strigidorsa from Lao PDR. Tropical Natural History 10: 199-203.

Robichaud, W.G. 2010. A field record of Small-toothed Ferret Badger Melogale moschata in Central Laos, and other recent records of ferret badgers from the country. Small Carnivore Conservation, 42: 32–34.

Stuart, B.L., S. Phimmachak, N. Sivongxay and W.G. Robichaud. 2010. A new species in the Tylototriton asperrimus group (Caudata: Salamandridae) from central Laos. Zootaxa 2650: 19-32.

W. Duckworth, R. Boonratana, W. G. Robichaud, and R.J. Timmins. 2010. A review of François’ Leaf Monkey Trachypithecus francoisi (sensu lato) in Lao PDR. Primate Conservation, 25: 1-18.

Robichaud W., P. Insua-Cao, C. Sisomphane, S. Chounnavanh. 2010. A gibbon conservation scoping mission to Nam Kan National Protected Area, Lao PDR. Fauna and Flora International. Hanoi.

Robichaud, W. G., A.R.E Sinclair, N. Lanquaye-Opoku and B. Klinkenberg. 2009. Stable forest cover under increasing populations of swidden cultivators in central Laos: the roles of intrinsic culture and extrinsic wildlife trade. Ecology and Society. 14 (1): 33. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss1/art33/

Fuchs, J., A. Cibois, J.W. Duckworth, R. Eve, W. G. Robichaud, T. Tizard and D. van Gansberghe. 2007. Birds of Phongsaly province and the Nam Ou river, Laos. Forktail 23: 22-86.

Duckworth, J. W. and W. G. Robichaud. 2005. Yellow-bellied Weasel Mustela kathiath sightings in Phongsaly province, Laos, with notes on the species’ range in South-East Asia, and recent records of other small carnivores in the province. Small Carnivore Conservation 33: 17-20.

Timmins, R.J. and Robichaud, W.G. 2005. Birds and Mammals of Conservation Concern in the Area of the Proposed Nam Theun 1 Hydropower Project – Assessment and Recommendations. Report to Electrowatt-Ekono Ltd., Zurich.

Duckworth, J.W., W. G. Robichaud and R. Eve. 2005. Observations of Birds and Large Mammals in Phongsaly Province, Lao PDR, with Particular Reference to Phou Dendin National Protected Area. Report to the European Union.

Robichaud, W. 2004. Saola conservation partnerships with rural villages in Lao PDR. In Rediscovering the Saola: Proceedings of “Rediscovering the Saola – A Status Review and Planning Workshop”; Hardcastle, J., S. Cox, Nguyen Thi Dao and A. Grieser Johns, eds. WWF Indochina Programme, Hanoi.

Robichaud, W. and R. Timmins. 2004. The natural history of saola and the species’ distribution in Laos. In Rediscovering the Saola: Proceedings of “Rediscovering the Saola – A Status Review and Planning Workshop”; Hardcastle, J., S. Cox, Nguyen Thi Dao and A. Grieser Johns, eds. WWF Indochina Programme, Hanoi.

Mueller, H.C., D.D. Berger, N.S. Mueller, W. Robichaud and J.L Kaspar. 2004. Temporal changes in the size of Sharp-shinned Hawks during fall migration at Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. Journal of Field Ornithology 75:386-393.

Robichaud, W. 2003. Lessons Learned from the District Upland Development and Conservation Project (DUDCP), Nakai-Nam Theun National Biodiversity Conservation Area, Lao PDR. World Bank, Vientiane.

Robichaud, W., M. Hedemark and A. Johnson. Biodiversity and Sustainable Forest Management in Lao PDR. Wildlife Conservation Society and the Lao Sustainable Forestry for Rural Development Project. Vientiane.

Robichaud, W., C.W. Marsh, S. Southammakoth and S. Kounthikoummane. 2001. Review of the National Protected Area System in Lao PDR. Lao-Swedish Forestry Programme. Vientiane.

Mueller, H.C., N.S. Mueller, D.D. Berger, G. Allez, W. Robichaud and J.L. Kaspar. 2000. Age and sex differences in the timing of fall migration of hawks and falcons. Wilson Bull. 112:214-224.

Evans, T.D., H.C. Towell, R.J. Timmins, R.M. Thewlis, A.J. Stones, W.G. Robichaud and J. Barzen. 2000. Ornithological records from the lowlands of Southern Laos during December 1995–September 1996, including areas on the Thai and Cambodian borders. Forktail 16: 29–52.

Robichaud, W. 1999. Saola Conservation Action Plan for Lao PDR: 1999 Revision. Wildlife Conservation Society and IUCN. Vientiane.

Robichaud, W. and B.L. Stuart. 1999. Saola, Herpetological and Wildlife Trade Studies in Nakai-Nam Theun National Biodiversity Conservation Area and the Proposed Nam Theun Extension. Wildlife Conservation Society and IUCN. Vientiane.

Amato, G., M. Egan, G.B. Schaller, R.H. Baker, H.C. Rosenbaum, W.G. Robichaud and R. DeSalle. 1999. Rediscovery of Roosevelt’s barking deer (Muntiacus rooseveltorum). J. Mammalogy. 80: 639-643.

Robichaud, W. 1998. Birds observed in the Yangtse (Bomdeling) Valley, Trashiyangtse District, Bhutan, 7-12 and 22-23 February, 1998. Report to the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature. Thimphu.

Robichaud, W.G. 1998. Physical and behavioural description of a captive Saola, Pseudoryx nghetinhensis. J. Mammalogy. 79: 394-405.

Tobias, J., P. Davidson and W. Robichaud. 1998. Nakai-Nam Theun: can development save one of South-east Asia’s last wildernesses? Oriental Bird Club Bulletin 28: 24-29.

Davidson, P., W.G. Robichaud, R.J. Tizard, C. Vongkhamheng and J. Wolstencroft. 1997. A wildlife and habitat survey of Dong Ampham NBCA and Phou Kathong proposed NBCA, Attapu Province, Lao PDR.. Wildlife Conservation Society. Vientiane.

Evans, T.D., W.G. Robichaud and R. J. Tizard. 1997. The White-winged Duck Carina scutulata in Laos. Wildfowl 47: 81-96.

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