North Carolina Zoo Celebrates 20 Years of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Asheboro, N.C. – August 18, 2021 - The North Carolina Zoo will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC) on Friday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Zoo's Discovery Zone Amphitheater. The event is free with Zoo admission.

North Carolina Zoo's WRC provides free, professional veterinary and rehabilitation services to sick, injured, or orphaned native North Carolina animals for the sole purpose of returning them to the wild in a condition that will optimize their chances of survival after release.

Event attendees will get a chance to meet and hear from the Zoo's Chief Veterinarian Dr. Jb Minter and WRC's Supervisor Halley Buckanoff, both featured in Nat Geo WILD's “Secrets of the Zoo, North Carolina” series. Deputy Director Jeff Michael of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will speak as will representatives from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Guests can browse photos and videos that chronicle the 20 years of the WRC's vital work helping native wildlife in our state and will also have a chance to meet some of the Zoo's animal ambassadors. The Zoo's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is the only one of its kind operating in U.S. zoos.