Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with animals in a conservation breeding center? Are you interested in a career in conservation or animal care? Come experience it for yourself by spending a day working alongside our wildlife specialists caring for our amazing animals! You will get the exclusive opportunity to work behind the scenes at White Oak with some of the rarest animals on earth including rhino, okapi, and cheetah. Throughout the day you will visit two of our focus areas, carnivores, antelope, rhino, and birds, learning from specialists in the field about animal care and White Oak’s conservation efforts.
How do you convince a 6,000 lb. rhino to move or medicate the fastest land mammal, the cheetah? These are just a few of the things you will learn while participating in all aspects of animal care, from prepping the food that goes into the animals to removing the waste that comes out. You may even get to observe a routine medical procedure or neonate exam of a newborn baby. So roll up your sleeves, put on some comfortable shoes and join us in getting dirty for conservation. Proceeds from the Conservation Caretaker Experience go towards the conservation of species worldwide.
Schedule: Monday through Friday (Must book 5 days in advance.)
Length of Experience: 4 1/2 hours (8:00 am to 12:30 pm)
Cost: $500 per person; $800 for two (2 people maximum)
Includes: Basket lunch, White Oak t-shirt or hat, and a digital copy of all photos from the day as taken by staff.
Restrictions: Due to the nature of work of a conservation caretaker there are certain physical requirements:
- Participants must be able to lift 25 lbs., climb in and out of vehicles and truck beds, remain on their feet for long periods of time, and work in adverse weather conditions.
- Participants must be 14 years of age or older, with those under the age of 18 having an accompanying parent/guardian as the second participant in the program.
- Participants must sign a liability waiver to participate in this experience.
- For the safety of our animals, staff, and guests, White Oak reserves the right to end the experience if participants do not follow instructions or guidelines.
Call 904 225 3396 Mon – Fri 8:00 am-4:00 pm, to book your experience today!
Cancellation and refund policies
Guests may cancel reservations and receive a full refund or credit for future use 7 days or more prior to a scheduled experience. Refunds are not given if cancellations are made 6 days or less prior to an experience. Guests may receive a credit for a future experience if they cancel a reservation up to three days prior to the scheduled experience.
If inclement or severe weather is expected or poor road conditions are anticipated, White Oak may cancel an experience. All efforts will be made to announce cancellations 24 hours before an experiences start time. We make every effort to reschedule experiences prior to predicted inclement weather, however north Florida can experience unpredictable daily weather and we cannot offer refunds for experiences affected by weather. If White Oak cancels an experience, guests will be given credit in the amount of the ticket purchase towards a future experience.
Guests should check their emails 12 and 24 hours in advance of an event or tour to be aware of possible cancellations.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Will I get to pet the animals?
A: For animal and human well-being and safety we do not physically interact with most of our animals. There may be limited opportunities to touch an animal, like one of our rhinos. Participants are expected to follow the instructions of staff at all times.
Q: Can I take pictures?
A: You are welcome to take photos, however you may be asked not to take photos when it could distract from the task at hand, and there may be specific areas where photography is limited. Our staff will be taking photos to document your day.
Q: What should I wear and bring?
A: We recommend wearing clothing and shoes that you won’t mind getting dirty. Weather appropriate outdoor clothing like long pants or shorts, and t-shirts are recommended. Bring a comfortable pair of work boots or tennis shoes (shoes must be close toed) as you will be on your feet much of the day. You may wish to bring a hat, rain jacket, sunscreen, or bug spray dependent on weather and time of year. We highly recommend bringing a large refillable water bottle. Lunch is provided as part of the experience but you may wish to bring a light snack with you.
Q: Can I request working with certain species?
A: Yes! When booking your experience please inform us to your preferred areas of focus, birds, carnivores, antelope or rhinos. We will do our best to incorporate them into the day. However, due to the variability of daily events we cannot guarantee access or interactions with any specific species or animal during experiences.