Schweinitz’s Sunflowers

Researchers from the North Carolina Zoo, in partnership with several other institutions, have been successful in relocating endangered plant populations to restored habitat areas near the Zoo in Randolph County, North Carolina.

Research on Ridge’s Mountain

Ridge’s Mountain, located just 12 miles from the North Carolina Zoological Park, is an area rich in research opportunities—horticulture research, wildlife research, and archaeological research are all underway in the preserve.

Horticultural Research

Photo courtesy North Carolina Zoo Photo courtesy North Carolina Zoo Photo courtesy North Carolina Zoo Horticultural Research Given their importance as the foundation of the world's food chains—and their other roles in supporting life on the planet—plants are an important part of any ecosystem. There are at least 10,000 species of plants recognized as threatened…

Pitcher Plants in the Wild

Pitcherplants are becoming rare, and the insects that depend on them are rarer still. Researchers are working to restore populations of both species at a site in Montgomery County, North Carolina.

Hellbender – Giant Salamander of North America

Among the forty-two species of salamanders found in the
woods, streams and rivers of North Carolina, the hellbender
may be the strangest. Some people say the hellbender is the
most grotesque-looking salamander in North America.


Photo courtesy John Groves Photo courtesy John Groves Photo courtesy John Groves Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hellbender Research hellbenders-tab-set600rtbs_arrows#2951c2 ‌ About the Species Project History Current Project Status Hellbender FAQ What does a hellbender look like? Hellbenders are very long, measuring 12 to 29 inches. Their color ranges from drab brown to…

Hellbender – Current Status – 2015

Hellbenders are Federally listed as a “species of concern” and may be a candidate for listing as an endangered species. Human impacts like acid mine drainage, dam construction, siltation from farms, forestry, and housing development have all contributed to their decline. With that in mind, researchers from across North Carolina are working to develop our knowledge of this species.

Hellbender – Project History – 2011

Hellbender research has shown steep declines—some as high as 77 percent—among a few hellbender populations. The Appalachian population in the southeastern United States in particular has received little scientific attention. This may be because many researchers think North Carolina’s hellbender population is stable. Unfortunately, there is not much in the way of scientific evidence for this belief. In fact, before our study began in 2007, no one had surveyed North Carolina’s hellbender populations.