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Adopt Herbie

Herbie is a red phase Eastern Screech Owl. He arrived at Grandfather Mountain in September of 2005 after a period of rehabilitation due to being hit by a car. Owls will hunt next to roadsides preying on small mammals that are eating trash or food thrown from passing cars. He was rehabilitated at Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. Even though he can still fly, the damage he sustained to his wings and eyes in the accident makes it impossible for him catch enough food to survive in the wild, and therefore he will spend the rest of his life in captivity teaching others about owls and conservation.

Herbie is trained to perch on a glove and assists our Naturalists in educational programs offered to schools and guests here at Grandfather Mountain.  He is considered an ambassador animal, simply meaning that he is used to teach people about Eastern Screech Owls, their importance to the ecosystem, conservation and to debunk myths that surround these nocturnal creatures. He is one of the few animals here at Grandfather that gets to travel to schools and special events for programs off the mountain. We frequently bring him out for educational experiences during the year at Grandfather.

Enjoy your adopted animal on a whole new level.

Adopt at any level and know your animal—and you—will be well cared for. Celebrating a birthday or special occasion? Adoptions make great gifts too.

$25 Level

  • Certificate of Adoption
  • 5×7 photograph with description of adopted animal
  • Grandfather Mountain eNewsletter subscription
$50 Level
Includes everything from the $25 level, plus:

  • Plush Animal
  • Photo upgrade: 8×10 photograph
$100 Level
Includes everything from the $50 level, plus:

  • Cast of animal footprint
  • 2 adult day passes to the park
$250 Level
Includes everything from the $100 level, plus:

  • Pass upgrade: 6 adult day passes to the park instead of 2
$500 Level
Includes everything from the $250 level, plus:

  • Behind-the-scenes group tour for 6 and a visit with your animal!
Benefit Level $25 $50 $100 $250 $500
Tax Deductible Amount $25 $37 $38 $129 $229


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Adoption Level

$25 Level, $50 Level, $100 Level, $250 Level, $500 Level