Wild South is incredibly proud to welcome Rachel Hopkins as our first Wildlife Ambassador!  Rachel is a former winner of Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award as Outstanding Youth in Conservation, and she is a highly knowledgeable, motivated and successful wildlife advocate!

Founder of “Save the Frog’s Day” in North Carolina, Rachel is championing efforts for the State of North Carolina to adopt official state symbols for two amphibians. Wild South proudly supports Rachel’s work and is spearheading the grassroots effort to contact State House Representatives to support this initiative.

In April, the NC State House formally filed the Bill – HB830 – to “Adopt State Symbols”, including the Marbled Salamander and Pine Barrens Tree Frog.

If you live in North Carolina TAKE ACTION

and ask your Representatives to support HB830!


ben and rachel



  1. Sam Hopkins on April 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

    You have done a great job by showing that one powerful and persuasive young voice can become a galvanizing force for people across our state. I am immensely proud of everything you have done. Let’s hope the bill passes with unanimous support today.

  2. Jparker@nczoo.com on April 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    A very good idea.

  3. Ken Reininger on April 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Great job Rachel. Adopting these state symbols will hopefully help further the work you are doing raising awareness about the plight of the world’s amphibians. zip 27205

  4. JK Miller on April 26, 2013 at 8:18 am

    This is clear evidence of what passion, persistence and patience can accomplish!! Great job, Rachel.

  5. Ryan De Voe on April 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I am very impressed by Rachel’s hard work and vision. Amphibian conservation continues to be a high priority and all positive contributions start with awareness. 27205