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Conservation Initiatives

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Organizations We Support

We hope you will learn more about the organizations we support. Consider joining any or all of them as a member. Or make a donation to their wildlife conservation programs.

North Carolina Zoo

The NC Zoo 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.

Eastern hellbender

Dale” hellbender sculpture installed at the NC Zoo


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 also support 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 of North Carolina. As a result, we are committed to helping bring awareness to this magnificent canid.wildlife conservation

Our work with the zoo includes being a Corporate Sponsor,  lifetime members and donating money to various animal enrichment programs at the zoo thru the sale of Dale’s sculptures. Also, Dale is creating art for the zoo including “Hellbenders Rock”. Learn more about our zoo conservation partnership here.


Defenders of Wildlife

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We first became involved with Defenders of Wildlife through their Southeastern office. Attending a workshop on bats and how to make bat houses proved very informative and lots of fun. Their entire focus is on preventing species from going extinct in the United States with red wolves at the top of the list.

They hold our government officials accountable and are willing to go to court when necessary to fight for wildlife and habitat. With passionate people that are making a difference, we are working with them on red wolf and hellbender conservation.



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 43 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 and 2019.

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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 one of our most recent projects. And our latest? Helping save a bog with endangered sweet mountain pitcher plants.

Endangered sweet mountain pitcher plants in a bog

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.


Other Conservation Organizations We Support:

American Bird Conservancy

Bat World Sanctuary

Brookgreen Gardens

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

International Rhino Foundation

Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation

National Audubon Society

Nature Conservancy

World Wildlife Fund

 Xerces Society

Center for Biological Diversity

Southern Highlands Reserve

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute