Farm to Table: White Oak’s Growing Garden

Since the beginning of my culinary career 5 years ago I’ve been a big supporter of the Farm-to-Table movement. I grew up in a small Midwestern town where we relied heavily on the local farmers for everything from produce, to milk, to meat, and I’ve always been drawn to companies that operate under that philosophy….

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…

White Oak Hosts a Workshop for Carnivore Keepers

White Oak promotes endeavors in conservation through innovative science, education, training and collaboration. Recently, we hosted a cheetah and maned wolf husbandry and management workshop involving both Dickerson Park Zoo and Denver Zoo carnivore keepers. Here is a short blog by Animal Care Specialist Sophia Tribuzio about the workshop. We shared the successful techniques we use…

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…

Looking for Sea Turtles

The other night several of our staff and interns made the trek up to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, GA,  for a walk on the beach in search of nesting sea turtles. The walk, led by a volunteer from the Center, did not produce an turtle sightings, but everyone had a good time….

Hauling Bass

How do you move fish from one lake to another at White Oak? You hold a week long fishing tournament, that’s how. In July, we invited the staff to catch fish from our largest lake for release into one of the other lakes on the property. In this manner, 56 fish were moved  from Spare Lake to others by utilizing the…

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