Category: Conservation Programs

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…

Our Wattled Cranes do it again… Wattled Crane chick

Our Wattled Cranes do it again…

Happy #Gruidae! Get it? Gruidae? That’s the scientific family name for cranes. And today’s featured Gruidae is our wattled cranes and their chick that hatched on January 10th of this year. Wattled cranes (Bugeranus carunculata) are known for their distinctive ‘wattles’ and are the tallest of the African cranes. They stand almost 4 ft. in height,…

Grasshopper Sparrows get a Housecleaning…

Grasshopper Sparrows get a Housecleaning…

During the first week of March, White Oak staff did a prescribed burn on a field of native grasses that surround our Florida grasshopper sparrow enclosures. The prescribed burn was an important effort to replicate the natural fire regime that this habitat, and the species that live there, requires to thrive. We also burned patches…

It’s a Boy!

On August 27th, 2015, a male white rhino was born to one of our females here at White Oak. The calf is the second one to be born in less than a month! His ‘older’ half sister was born on August 12th and you can see photos of her on our previous blog.  We are…

It’s a Girl!

Please say hello to the newest addition to our white rhino herd! Born on August 12th to Lynne, she is a bouncing bundle of… rhino. Her mother, Lynne, came to us from the Houston Zoo two years ago. She and another female who came with her, Annie, were introduced to our white rhino herd, including…

Our Maned Wolves are on the Move

A couple months back, a Maned wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) meeting was facilitated by one of our conservation partners, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. Once a year, all the breeding facilities get together to analyze the entire North American population of maned wolves. Nutritional health and management are all discussed but…

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