Leading scientific research to enhance understanding of wildlife and their habitats, and sharing this knowledge so we can all become better stewards of our natural resources.


About Us

The Nemours Wildlife Foundation was established by the late Eugene duPont, III and his family in 1995.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public, non-profit foundation administered by a dedicated, enthusiastic board of directors.

Nemours Wildlife Foundation is housed on and operates the nearly 10,000 acre Nemours Plantation in northern Beaufort County, South Carolina.


Our Vision

Nemours Wildlife Foundation aspires to be a leader in the scientific study and stewardship of our natural resources

Our Vision is to honor the legacy of Eugene duPont, III, and his family through excellence in land stewardship, education and discovery of the knowledge needed to manage, sustain, and restore wildlife populations and their habitats, and improve our quality of life.


Our Mission

  • To develop and use management practices that conserve and sustain wildlife populations and their habitats.
  • To deliver a research program that enhances our understanding of wildlife populations and their habitats and provides science-based information for decision-making on all issues impacting natural resources conservation.
  • To deliver an educational and outreach program that enhances the appreciation of nature for all citizens.
  • To preserve our hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational heritage, and promote conservation ethics

Welcome to Our New Board Member!

By Ernie Wiggers, President/CEO, Nemours Wildlife Foundation

   Kevin Dukes of Beaufort, SC

It is a pleasure to welcome Mr. Kevin Dukes to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Kevin grew up in North Augusta, SC,  but between his hometown and the South Carolina coast, he and his family have spent many days outside hunting, fishing, and exploring. Kevin said “my love for the history and environment of the Lowcountry started as a youth duck hunter at Donnelley and Bear Island Wildlife Management Areas in the ACE Basin. At a young age, those experiences instilled an understanding of the importance of land preservation for the benefit of future generations, the environment, and the public trust.”

Kevin attended the University of South Carolina where he obtained degrees in civil engineering and law. After graduating from law school, Kevin began his legal career as a real estate attorney with the Harvey and Battey Law Firm in Beaufort, where his focus has been on all aspects of property ownership and preservation.

Before moving to Beaufort, Kevin married his wife Courtney, and together they have two boys, Lane and Ford. Rounding out the family are their two dogs and hunting companions, Dixie and Lady. The family enjoys being outdoors together, and the boys especially love any manner of animals they can inspect and interact with.

Kevin is filling a Board vacancy which opened when Jamie Beard completed his term limit on the Board. We wish to thank Jamie for his 6 years of dedicated service and great leadership.



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.