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Initiative to save endangered whooping cranes takes off at Jacksonville-area wildlife refuge

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White Oak Conservation

A project intended to help save endangered whooping cranes is taking flight at White Oak Conservation, an internationally respected wildlife refuge in Nassau County.

White Oak is building a 25-acre whooping crane breeding center. It will expand the nonprofit's longtime conservation work to help the dwindling species rebound with the ultimate goal of being released into the wild.

“Once upon a time, whooping cranes raised chicks in the wilds of Florida. Hopefully, we'll be coming close to this once again here at White Oak at our new breeding facilities where whooping cranes can raise their chicks in huge, naturalistic enclosures and subsequently released into their last wild strongholds,” said Andrew Schumann, avian collection manager.

Read the rest of the story from WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.