The researchers, veterinarians, and other scientists at White Oak focus on key species managed here and also collaborate with numerous other research, government or educational institutions by providing valuable resources such as access to animals for studies, or biological samples.
Collaborations and projects include:
- Working with SEZARC and other partners to develop artificial insemination protocols for Somali Wild Ass
- Fecal corticosterone concentrations and reproductive success in captive female southern white rhinoceros
- Investigating Gerenuk Nutrition As A Model To Improve Nutrition of Browser Antelope Species with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
- Effect of progestins on serum hormones, semen production, and agonistic behavior in the gerenuk (Litocranius walleri walleri) with SEZARC
- Establishing Genome Resource Banks and Artificial Insemination Techniques to Augment Management of Okapi Metapopulations
- Anesthesia of boma-captured Lichtenstein’s hartebeest (Sigmoceros lichtensteinii) with a combination of thiafentanil, medetomidine, and ketamine
- Social and spatial relationships in captive southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) with SEZARC
- Reproductive physiology and artificial insemination studies in wild and captive gerenuk (Litocranius walleri walleri) with the Wilds, SEZARC, and Smithsonian
- Sending banked serum samples to assist with development of tests that indicate the immune status of non-domestic hoofstock species with ZeptoMetrix Corp.
- Working with Conservation Centers for Species Survival to study the sustainability impact of large antelope herd management (addra gazelles).
- Genetic restoration of the Florida Panther
- Allowing access to cheetahs for a behavioral study to examine mate choice with St Louis Zoo.
- Collecting blood samples from our carnivore species to assist with developing PCR techniques to detect the blood parasite, Cytoxzoon felis, with Texas A&M.
- Efficacy and long-term outcome of gastritis therapy in cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)
- Combining annual exams in our cheetah collection with semen collection to investigate sperm metabolism with Smithsonian’s Conservation & Research Center.
- Seasonal Changes in Reproductive Hormones, Glucocorticoids, and Aggressive Behavior in Captive Blue-billed Curassows, Crax alberti
- Differences in Fecal Androgen Patterns of Breeding and Nonbreeding Kori Bustards (Ardeotis kori) with SEZARC
- Collecting behavioral data from cassowaries using a specially adapted Palm pilot for a multi-institution behavioral project with Brookfield Zoo.
- An overview of the assisted reproduction and genome backing activities of White Oak Conservation, Yulee, FL, in the service of species conservation
- Providing fecal samples from various species for a student project to examine parasite loads with Auburn University.
See our full veterinary staff publication list here.