ASHEBORO, NC – The North Carolina Zoo’s Valerie H Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center  will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary Sunday, August 28 with the release of a rehabilitated raptor at Zimmerman Vineyards, 1428 Tabernacle Church Rd, Trinity, N.C. TheWings over Vines celebration and benefit will begin at 3 p.m., with the raptor release scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are required for this event and are available at  Tickets, for adults, 21 and over, provide entry to the event, two glasses of wine and light hors d'oeuvres. 
 Tickets for minors, designated drivers and teetotalers offer light hors d'oeuvres and soda. Children under 2 are free. Pets are not allowed.

The Valerie H Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the North Carolina Zoo opened in August 2001.  Since its opening, staff, volunteers and interns have provided free veterinary and husbandry care for over 10,000 sick, injured and orphaned North Carolina native wildlife. 

About the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo provides an experience like no other zoo anywhere. With five miles of exhibits, nearly 2,000 animals and 52,000 plants it is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world and an international leader in wildlife conservation.

Find yourself surrounded by some of Africa’s giants including elephants, rhinos, and giraffes; share the love of gorillas with Mosuba and his six-member troop; polar bears Nikita and Anana take polar plunges every day at the Rocky Coast Exhibit; or join in the fun at the mud café in the Kidzone.

Located in center of the state in Asheboro, it is convenient to visit from anywhere in North Carolina. The North Carolina Zoo welcomes nearly 750,000 guests each year. Plan your adventure at




About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit