Stephanie Rutan

White Oak Welcomes the Largest Asian Elephant Herd in the Western Hemisphere

White Oak Welcomes the Largest Asian Elephant Herd in the Western Hemisphere

Elephants will be released in 2,500-acre habitat in northeastern Florida Sept. 23, 2020 (YULEE, FLA.) — White Oak Conservation has started construction on a new 2,500-acre home for Asian elephants. Most of these elephants previously traveled throughout the United States with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® until they were retired in 2016.  Thirty elephants…

Grevy’s Zebra Foals Born at White Oak

Grevy’s Zebra Foals Born at White Oak

White Oak is pleased to announce the birth of four Grevy”s zebras, the world’s most endangered zebra species. The four Grevy’s zebra foals (three male foals and one female) were born in June and July and join a long tradition of Grevy’s zebras at White Oak stretching back to 1977. Classified as “endangered,” Grevy’s zebras…

White Oak Takes in Orphaned Panther Kittens

White Oak Takes in Orphaned Panther Kittens

White Oak Conservation has adopted two endangered Florida panther kittens after a mysterious neurological disorder left their mother unable to care for them. In early July of 2019, the mother was observed on trail camera footage struggling to walk. She had two young kittens with her. State officials estimated the kittens to be two weeks…

White Oak And Cincinnati Zoo Pair Cheetah Cubs

White Oak And Cincinnati Zoo Pair Cheetah Cubs

White Oak Conservation and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden have brought together two cheetah cubs to ensure they have companionship after both cubs were born to single litters. Morticia, a female, was born in September at White Oak. Gomez, a male, was born at the Cincinnati Zoo five weeks later. Both cubs were single-cub…

Rhino Baby Boom: Two rhinos born at White Oak!

Rhino Baby Boom: Two rhinos born at White Oak!

In early November of last year, a black rhino calf was born at White Oak, the first birth of this species in 13 years. Because of concerns over his low birth weight and difficulty in nursing, the decision was made to bring him into human care. ‘Tidbit’ is being fed a formula matching rhino milk…

Mississippi Sandhill Cranes Hatched at White Oak Released into the Wild

Mississippi Sandhill Cranes Hatched at White Oak Released into the Wild

Last week, three Mississippi sandhill cranes raised at White Oak were introduced into the wild at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane Wildlife Refuge near Gautier, MS. The cranes, hatched this spring, were raised by their parents in large naturalistic habitats where they learned to forage for food, interact with others, and develop the survival skills necessary…

Whooping Crane Family Released into the Wild

Whooping Crane Family Released into the Wild

This past spring two whooping crane chicks were hatched at White Oak Conservation, marking the first time this species had bred at White Oak. The chicks were raised by their parents in a large habitat where they learned to forage for natural food such as bugs, tadpoles, and lizards. The chicks grew quickly and by…

Whooping Cranes Hatch at White Oak whooping crane parent feeding chick

Whooping Cranes Hatch at White Oak

We are pleased to announce that two critically endangered whooping crane chicks have hatched here at White Oak, marking the first time this species has successfully bred at White Oak. The chicks are being raised by their parents in a large naturalistic habitat that provides plenty of natural food and cover. The whooping crane family…

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