"Hellbenders Rock" by Dale Weiler was carved to bring awareness to the plight of hellbenders in the streams of the Eastern United States. Hellbenders, the largest aquatic salamander in the US, is endemic to rivers from New York to Alabama. They are under tremendous pressure from loss of habitat from siltation, pollution, rock stacking and climate change. Many people have never seen a hellbender and now, with Dale's sculpture, they can see one first hand. The sculpture will be installed at the NC Zoo on May 8th, 2018 in a new exhibit of native trout and hellbenders.
Conservation Projects & Causes
Jumpin' Jack in the Pulpit
Both the gopher frog and hellbender are endemic to the Eastern United States with declining populations due primarily to habitat loss. The NC Zoo has established programs to help strengthen both populations by head starting the frogs and providing nesting boxes for the hellbenders. We are supporting the Zoo through the sale of "Jumpin' Jack-in-the-Pulpit" with 100% of the net proceeds being donated to the Zoo's amphibian conservation programs. We have 9 left in the edition and hope to sell them all quickly.