A Quarter-Century of Conservation

A Quarter-Century of Conservation

The Mississippi sandhill crane is a critically endangered subspecies of sandhill crane that is found in the coastal plains of southern Mississippi. With an estimated 150 birds in the wild today, their numbers have declined mainly due to the slow and gradual decline of their savanna habitat. The cranes are found only on and adjacent…

Elephants arrive at White Oak Conservation in Florida

Elephants arrive at White Oak Conservation in Florida

Former performing elephants released into custom habitat May 3, 2021 (YULEE, Fla.) — The first herd of Asian elephants has arrived safely in their new forest habitat at White Oak Conservation, a refuge for rare species funded by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter. They will be joined by up to 20 more retired performing elephants…

White Oak’s Bird Team Helps a Local Bird…

White Oak’s Bird Team Helps a Local Bird…

White Oak’s Bird Team recently had the opportunity to ‘spread their wings’ and travel to coastal Georgia to work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to participate in a project to band American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliates). The birds are year-round residents of Georgia, but the numbers increase in the winter as northern breeding…

Critically Endangered Black Rhino Calf Born at White Oak

Critically Endangered Black Rhino Calf Born at White Oak

White Oak Conservation, is pleased to announce the birth of a male black rhino.  Yulee, Fla. (December 21, 2020) — White Oak Conservation, a refuge for rare species in Northeastern Florida supported by philanthropists Kimbra and Mark Walter, is pleased to announce the birth of a male black rhino.  White Oak staff have named the…

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. Thirty elephants will be released in the northeastern Florida refuge, owned by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter, as soon as it is ready. The first…

2019 Annual Report 2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

Hot off the presses! Check out White Oak Conservation’s 2019 Annual Report! In it, you’ll find information about our ongoing conservation programs and our accomplishments. We are very proud of what we were able to achieve in 2019, due in no small part to your support. 2020 has been an unusual year for all of us,…

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…

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