Conferences and Capacity Building

Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders

Each year, future wildlife conservation leaders come together for the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) conference at White Oak.  This two-year training program helps jump-start early-career conservation professionals through a combination of skills training, networking opportunities with peers and established practitioners and the completion of a global wildlife conservation initiative. EWCL training addresses a long-standing need for capable leaders in the conservation field who are equipped with a full arsenal of skills to launch well-rounded and successful conservation campaigns and build successful leadership careers in the wildlife conservation profession.

For more information and to apply, visit the EWCL site.

Partner Capacity Building

White Oak utilizes expert staff and facilities to offer training programs for zoo and conservation partners who come here to gain knowledge and practical skills that build capacity at their respective institutions.  White Oak offers training on a case-by-case basis in several areas including mid-size carnivore management, ungulate management, veterinary science, and program management.

Please email with any questions regarding White Oak’s professional training program.

Kenya Wildlife Service Veterinary Technician Training

Discussion with the senior veterinary staff at the Kenya Wildlife Service revealed that though the Kenya veterinarians are often exposed to advanced training, their veterinary technicians are not and would benefit from advanced training to bring them up to a level to provide increased support to the veterinarian.

A pilot program was developed whereby veterinary technicians from Kenya Wildlife Service visited White Oak to receive advanced training with experienced veterinary technicians.

Aspects of training include:

  1. designing an electronic record keeping method for samples storage and banking
  2. training in pharmacy inventory, including categorizing of drugs and conducting drug inventories
  3. microscope analysis of prepared bird blood slides

Veterinary technicians from White Oak have also traveled to Kenya Wildlife Service to provide additional on-site training, and to collectively assess future opportunities for technician training.

In the future, White Oak will continue to utilize its expertise and facilities to work with international partners and help train conservationist from around the world.