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Nemours Wildlife Foundation Opens New Research Lab

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Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 4:42 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2021 at 7:37 PM EDT
BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) – Officials with the Nemours Wildlife Foundation on Saturday cut the ribbon on the organization’s new $2 million wildlife research facility in Beaufort County.

The 3,200-square-foot facility, named after the group’s longtime president and CEO Ernie P. Wiggers, will help it expand on-site research efforts, according to a news release.

The facility includes indoor and outdoor spaces with places to store samples, plus dedicated office space.

“When Eugene duPont, III, created the Nemours Wildlife Foundation, he did so out of a love for this place,” Nemours Wildlife Foundation chairman Mike McShane said in the release. “It’s that same passion that directs our work twenty- five years later. Thanks to gifts from many supporters, we have the confidence to invest in an onsite facility to support the expansive wildlife research that takes place in the field. More importantly, we’re better positioned to grow the next generation of land managers.”

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Nemours Plantation is located within the heart of the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto (ACE) Basin, world-renowned for its conservation accomplishments and listed by The Nature Conservancy as “one of the last great places”.

The Foundation’s setting in this incredibly diverse natural landscape provides unmatched opportunities for conducting scientific and educational programs.

Nemours contains a rich diversity of habitats including remnant rice fields, fresh and brackish water marshes, upland pine and hardwood forests, bottomland hardwoods, and cypress/tupelo swamps.

The Nemours Wildlife Foundation is regularly engaged in short and long term studies focusing on conservation, management, and sustainability of wildlife populations and their habitats.


Nemours Wildlife Foundation is located on the private Nemours Plantation.  Because of the sensitive nature of wildlife research taking place year-round, we are not open to the public.  We welcome organized groups by appointment as our research schedules permit.  Please contact us for available dates and times.