Conservation Initiatives

Conservation partners

Our Conservation Partners

We hope you will support our conservation partners. You can purchase one of Dale’s sculptures with 100% of the net proceeds supporting wildlife programs. Or consider joining any or all of these organizations as a member.  Or make a donation to their wildlife conservation programs.

North Carolina Zoo

Conservation Partners

A critically endangered red wolf at the NC Zoo

The NC Zoo, one of our conservation partners, practices a very extensive conservation program. Plus they are the world’s largest walk-through zoo in the world.

Focusing on a number of key animals, their conservation niche is preventing the extinction of wildlife. Right up our alley.

We are currently working with them on their hellbender, elephant, and frog conservation programs. Dale’s “Hellbenders Rock” sculpture now graces the NC Zoo’s Streamside exhibit. The exhibit is totally renovated featuring native fish &, of course, hellbenders.

We are also learning more about their red wolf breeding initiative. The Zoo has the second largest captive population of red wolves in the world. And the only remaining wild red wolves in the world living in our home state, Eastern North Carolina. As a result, we are committed to helping bring awareness to this magnificent canid.

Learn more about our partnership.



Western North Carolina Nature Center

The first live hellbender we met was at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. It was love at first sight! We also met lots of other animals and plants unique to the Appalachian area.

Located in Asheville, the center has numerous conservation programs. They are one of only 46 captive breeding sites for red wolves. And they participate in the AZA Population Management plans for the North American river otter and the Eastern cougar which is extinct in the wild. We are proud to be a sponsor in 2018.

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The WNC Nature Center in Asheville, NC

Conserving Carolina (previously Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy)

Another of our conservation partners is Conserving Carolina. Our relationship with them began with the funding and establishment of 3 butterfly gardens in our hometown. The gardens are designed to help pollinators, specifically monarch butterflies. Helping retire debt on a tract of land with 2 large ponds used by migratory birds is our most recent assistance.

Conserving Carolina protects over 44,000 acres of land in NC and SC.  They are helping all of our wildlife have a safer place to live.

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A butterfly garden we funded at Conserving Carolina.


The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI)

Roger Tory Peterson is best known for his birding books still used by many of us to identify birds. Teaming up with RTPI, we are raising money for their migratory bird conservation program. You can buy a limited edition bronze sculpture by Dale of a snowy owl., “Elevated Perspective“. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to RTPI. To purchase one, please contact us at

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“Elevated Perspective”, a snowy owl sculpted in stone and now cast in bronze by Dale Weiler.