Uno the River Otter joins Grandfather Mountain family

Things are looking up for a certain pup. Uno, a North American river otter, has joined the Grandfather Mountain family. The otter pup came to the mountain in November 2017, having been found orphaned in the Asheville area earlier that year. In April, he was brought to a Lincolnton, N.C.-based wildlife rehabilitator, the same who helped rehabilitate four of Grandfather’s other...

Grandfather Mountain selects elk names and contest winner

Elk have arrived at Grandfather Mountain, just in time for the mountain’s habitat keepers to select the winning names in the 2017 Elk Naming Contest. The elk, which arrived Thursday, Dec. 7, are officially named Doc, Merle and Watson — after world-famous bluegrass/folk icons and High Country natives Doc and Merle Watson — thanks to a submission from Sharon Webb, of...

Grandfather Mountain introduces new cougars

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Grandfather Mountain introduced its newest Western cougars to the public. Named Logan and Trinity, the sibling duo is now on display in the park’s environmental wildlife habitats. The Linville, N.C.-based nature preserve and attraction adopted the brother-and-sister cubs in March 2016, after they’d been orphaned in the wilds of Idaho before they could learn...

Elk are coming to Grandfather, naming contest begins Nov. 17

This December, Grandfather Mountain will welcome some new residents to its environmental wildlife habitats. The nonprofit nature preserve and attraction has adopted three male elk — a bachelor herd — to reside in an all-new habitat. After the park’s resident white-tailed deer passed away earlier this year, the habitat underwent significant renovations to accommodate these...

Grandfather receives donation from High Country Charitable Foundation

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is committed to inspiring conservation of the natural world. In presenting a generous donation on Tuesday, Oct. 10, the High Country Charitable Foundation has proven it’s also up to the task. The Banner Elk-based High Country Charitable Foundation contributed $5,000 toward Grandfather’s Field Trip Scholarship Fund. Established in 2015, the fund benefits school groups in need of financial assistance, helping defray the cost of an educational field trip to the Linville, N.C., park. The scholarship honors the memory of Nathan Pribble, of Apex, N.C., who died unexpectedly in 2014 at age 18. He and...

‘Dollar Days’ begin April 1 at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain opens its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each throughout April as part of “Dollar Days.” The month offers plenty to do inside the park, including the return of animal encounter sessions, the seasonal reopening of the Fudge Shop, discounts on Behind-the-Scenes Habitat Tours and the return of naturalist programs later in...