A frequently asked question:
Where did Brevard White Squirrels originally come from?
Barbara Mull Lang was gifted the first pair of Brevard’s White Squirrels and she the writes in a letter to the Transylvania Times, “Through the years I have read many articles about the origin of your white squirrels. Some of the articles contained untrue statements and this was very disturbing to me. I am writing this to you so that you have the true facts and story about Brevard’s white squirrels.
When I was around ten years old my Uncle Harry and Aunt Mary came home for Christmas and stayed with us since we had extra bedrooms. Uncle Harry had a cage with two white squirrels that he put in our living room.
He said his friend, Mr. M. Black gave him the squirrels in return for his help capturing them in his pecan orchard in Madison, FL. Mr. Black said the squirrels escaped when a circus caravan that was involved in an accident. The circus moved on without the white squirrels.”
Click here to read the complete letter from Barbara.
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What Drives Us
The preservation and conservation of Brevard’s white squirrel population and wildlife. To support licensed wildlife rehabilitators in their efforts to save injured white squirrels and wildlife in Transylvania County.
One of our recent white squirrel rescues
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Transylvania County has a very active wild life rehabilitation community. This community is made up of passionate individuals that give tirelessly of their time and their money to help sick, and injured animals.
One of the directives of the White Squirrel Institute is raise money to help defray the rehabilitators cost that goes into the care of our wildlife.
Your tax deductible donation would go a long way in helping Transylvania wild life and our White Squirrels.
Adopt a White Squirrel
Adopt a white squirrel and support the White Squirrel Institute. For $25*, you can adopt your own white squirrel. You can select a boy or a girl and you will receive a Certificate of Adoption and a photo of your squirrel.
It’s true you’re not adopting a specific white squirrel in the wild. But your adoption fee will be directed towards the efforts of our local White Squirrel conservation and rehabilitation efforts. Funds raised will also help defray costs associated with the white squirrel count, printed materials regarding the results of the survey, and other conservation-related expenses.
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*25 Adoption fee does not include mailing fees.
What is a White Squirrel?
The white Squirrels found in Brevard, North Carolina are a color variant of one of our native species, the Eastern Gray Squirrel. The Brevard white squirrels are leucistic which is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals caused by a recessive gene. Our white squirrels are unique because their coats are mostly white but there is a distinctive head patch and dorsal stripe that broadens in the shoulder region. The head patch can be solid, horseshoe or doughnut shaped; it may resemble a triangle, a diamond, deer tracks or even a widow’s peak (Count Dracula). They have dark eyes and there is some evidence that this pattern is inherited. To learn more Brevard’s White Squirrels click here.
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Adoption fee’s go towards helping the sick and injured White Squirrels and area wildlife in Transylvania County. When you adopt, you are participating in the conservation and preservation of the white squirrels and wildlife in Transylvania County
Wild life rescue
If you find an injured wild animal be very careful when approaching it. Wild animals when injured often will be more aggressive. Contact a licensed rehabilitator or veterinarian in your area for more information. For Transylvania County rehabilitators click here
Most of us think of our white squirrels as a curiosity. Certainly they bring us recognition and are the source of civic pride. For some, they bring more tangible benefits. As a tourist attraction they are a direct (souvenirs) and/or indirect (food and lodging) source of revenue. Wouldn’t it be a shame if while we were celebrating our unique critters, they were diminishing in number before our very eyes. That alone is reason to monitor their well being.
Wild Life REHABILITATION
In the state of North Carolina it is illegal to keep any type of wild animal without a permit and prohibitive to keep wildlife as pets. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators are authorized to handle sick or injured wildlife. Please contact one of Transylvania County’s licensed rehabilitators if you have an injured wild animal.
News & Events
For the seventh year in a row, Groundhog Day will be celebrated in Brevard, North Carolina as “White Squirrel Day.” However, unlike previous years, the popular downtown event that typically draws hundreds of excited on-lookers, is being replaced by a virtual-only...
It's a Baby White Squirrel These baby squirrels were found after the tree their nest was located in, had been cut down. The mother squirrel did not make it and the rescuer thought she had been killed by one of the falling limbs. When the wild rehabilitator went to...
For the sixth year in a row, Groundhog Day will be celebrated in Brevard, North Carolina as “White Squirrel Day.” On February 2, 2020, Brevard’s beloved ambassador white squirrel, Pisgah Pete, will once again take the helm at the city’s festivities and attempt to...
A little bit about Brevard, North Carolina
Known as Land of the Waterfalls
Brevard, North Carolina is home to 250 waterfalls and we have the highest concentration of waterfalls in the US. Brevard is also famous for it’s fly fishing, kayaking and tubing on the Davidson and French Broad Rivers. We are a bike hike community with miles and miles of trails located minutes away from downtown Brevard in Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest. Brevard is only 45 minutes away from Asheville and 30 minutes from Hendersonville.
The White Squirrel Institute is proud to be in partnership with
Transylvania County Tourism.
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