Reintroduction

Conservation and Propagation Chronology

Date Event
October 3rd, 2015 Fukui begins releasing storks back into the wild. In releasing the storks, we were able to provide information and training on how to install transmitters and carry out habituation of the storks at the Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork.
September 3rd, 2015 Stork release begun in Yesan County, South Korea.
July 23rd, 2015 Stork release begun in Noda city, Chiba prefecture (the first time to do so outside of Hyogo prefecture). Coinciding with the release methods for release and placement of homing devices was also taught.
July 19th, 2014 The 5th International Conference on the Future of Oriental White Storks was held.
April 1st, 2014 Graduate School of Regional Resource Management, University of Hyogo was established within the Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork. The two departments (Rural Ecology Research and Geo Environmental Research) were reorganized into the three (the Eco-Research, Geo-Research and Socio-Research.
March 17th, 2014 The first wild fledgling from the Toyooka basin migrates abroad (South Korea).
December 18th, 2013 The Inter-institutional Panel on Population Management of the Oriental white stork (IPPM-OWS) is established
June 13th, 2013 Two young storks are released into the wild from the Isa location in Yabu city, this is the first time to set a stork free (soft release) outside of Toyooka city.
October 31st, 2012 Four adult storks (2 males, 2 females) transferred to Russia’s Khabarovsk zoological gardens.
October 19th, 2012 First time to place release base facilities outside of the Toyooka basin. The facilities are set up in the cities of Yabu and Asago in Hyogo prefecture. Each facility received two storks each from Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork.
May 25th, 2012 A baby stork hatches in Kyotango city, Kyoto.(The first time for a stork to hatch a baby outside of Hyogo prefecture after being freed.)
August 22nd, 2011 Grand Design for Reintroduction of the Oriental White Stork was announced.
October 30th, 2010 The 4th International Conference on the Future of Oriental White Storks was held.
October 30th, 2010 Four adult(2 males, 2 females) Oriental white storks transferred to Korea National University of Education’s Korea Institute of Oriental White Stork Reintroduction Research Center.
October 15th, 2010 Satoshi Yamagishi was appointed as the park’s second director.
April 1st, 2010 Geo Environmental Research Department was installed.
2009 Ceremony for the 10th anniversary of Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork was held.
July 31st, 2007 The first time for a freed stork to have young leave the nest in the wild.(43 years since the last wild incubation in the country, 46 years since the last fledgling.)
September 24th, 2005 Pilot release of the Oriental White Stork into the wild was started. The 3rd International Forum on Reintroduction of the Oriental White Storks was held.
February 23rd, 2005 Two adult male Oriental White Storks were transferred to Korea National Institute of Oriental White Stork Reintroduction Research Center, Korea National University of Education.
December 12th, 2004 Oriental White Stork Fan Club was founded.
September 15th, 2004 To mark the 35th anniversary of friendship ties between Hyogo Prefecture and Khabarovsk Territory, a ceremony was held to receive Oriental White Storks.
August 21st, 2004 Two young wild storks were received as a gift from Russia (Khabarovsk Territory).
February 27th, 2004 Preventive measures were established against the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) occurring in Japan.
November 26th, 2003 Received a wild Oriental White Stork caught in Aichi Prefecture.
November 9th, 2003 To mark the park’s 4th anniversary, the Oriental White Stork Sea of Japan International Forum was held.
September 4th, 2003 Habituation training of candidate storks for release into the wild was started.
July 15th, 2003 Two young storks were received as a gift from Russia (Khabarovsk Territory).
March 2003 Action Plan for the Reintroduction of the Oriental White Stork was devised.
March 6th, 2003 One young stork was received from Tennoji Zoo of Osaka.
January 21st, 2003 To ensure genetic diversity, breeding restrictions were put into effect.
January 11th, 2003 One stork was exchanged with Hiroshima City Asa Zoological Park.
December 18th, 2002 An artificial nest tower was constructed in the Shounji area of Toyooka for the first time since the storks became extinct in the wild.
November 4th, 2002 The forum was held to mark the third anniversary of Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork opening.
August 5th, 2002 One wild Oriental White Stork (named Hachigoro) immigrated to the Toyooka Basin.
July 5th, 2002 The number of storks being raised exceeds 100 bird in Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork.
June 25th, 2002 Liaison Committee for the Reintroduction of the Oriental White Stork was held for the first time.
May 31st, 2002 One stork was received from Tama Zoological Park of Tokyo. The number of storks being raised exceeds 100, including nestling in captivity in Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork.
December 23rd, 2001 Two young storks were received from Tennoji Zoo of Osaka.
November 4th, 2001 The forum was held to mark the second anniversary of Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork’s opening.
March 31st, 2001 Two young storks were received from Tama Zoological Park of Tokyo.
December 31st, 2000 Two storks were loaned to Yokohama Zoorasia.
December 8th, 2000 One young stork was received from Tennoji Zoo of Osaka.
November 3rd, 2000 To mark the 1st anniversary of Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork’s opening, non-public area was opened to the public for the first time.
July 30th, 2000 The Training course of park volunteers for reintroduction of the Oriental White Stork was started.
July 8th, 2000 The 2nd International Forum on Reintroduction for Oriental White Storks was held.
November 1st, 1999 Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork was opened.
October 18th, 1999 Three young storks were received from Tennoji Zoo of Osaka.
October 9th, 1999 Two wild young storks were received as a gift from Russia (Khabarovsk Territory).
April 1st, 1999 Part of the Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork was opened.
March 31st, 1999 Two storks were received from Tama Zoological Park of Tokyo.
December 31st, 1998 The captive breeding project for the Oriental White Stork went on track with over 50 birds being raised.
May 20th, 1997 Construction work began for the Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork.
June 25th, 1994 The 1st International Forum on Reintroduction for Oriental White Storks was held.
May 15th, 1994 From the founder storks, the third generation of chicks were born in captivity.
April 22nd, 1992 The Survey Committee for the Future of Oriental White Storks was founded to start the reintroduction project of the Oriental White Storks.
May 16th, 1989 Oriental White Storks from Russia produced a chick, achieving successful breeding for the first time. (Chicks are successfully produced every year since.)
February 28th, 1986 The Toyooka’s last surviving Oriental White Stork died at the Oriental White Stork breeding facility.
July 27th, 1985 Six wild young storks were received as a gift from Khabarovsk Territory in Russia (formerly the Soviet Union).
May 25th, 1971 Japanese native Oriental White Stork was captured in Toyooka, but dies. The Oriental Shite Stork thereby becomes extinct in the wild in Japan.
February 28th, 1971 An Oriental White Stork captured in Takefu, Fukui Prefecture was raised in captivity.
May 14th, 1965 The Oriental White Stork was designated as Hyogo Prefecture’s official bird.
February 11th, 1965 With the capturing of one wild stork, raising of Oriental White Storks began in captivity.
January 15th, 1965 Construction of the Oriental White Stork Breeding Facility in the Nojo area was completed.
August 8th, 1964 Construction started for the Oriental White Stork Breeding Facility (currently the Affiliated Oriental White Stork Captive Breeding Center).
May 14th, 1963 Hyogo Prefecture Board of Education captured the stork in the wild and decides to raise it in captivity.
April 22nd, 1963 A decision was made to start an artificial breeding project. The Oriental White Stork population of Japan dwindled to 11 birds. Stork eggs were removed from nests for artificial incubation, but efforts fail.
July 14th, 1962 Hyogo Prefecture was designated as the administrative organization for the Oriental White Stork.
January 16th, 1958 The Special Natural Monument, Oriental White Stork Protection Cooperation Group was renamed “Tajima Oriental White Stork Protection Group”.
July 19th, 1956 Japan designated the Oriental White Stork as a Special Natural Monument. The Oriental White Stork population in Japan dwindled to 20 birds.
October 1st, 1955 The Special Natural Monument, Oriental White Stork Protection Cooperation Group was founded for the public and private sectors to work together in conservation efforts.