Wild South has made Rachel Hopkins of Raleigh its first Wildlife Ambassador.
Rachel, who is a past winner of Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award as Outstanding Youth in Conservation, led a push last year for North Carolina to declare a state Save the Frogs Day, and in June a bill she inspired to make the pine barrens tree frog the official state frog and the marbled salamander the state salamander was signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.
As an ambassador for Wild South, a nonprofit that works to promote and protect natural landscapes in the South, Rachel will continue her advocacy for amphibians. Over the years, she has spoken about frogs and the need to protect them to audiences at her school and others, parks, Wake County commissioners and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.
Rachel is a rising sophomore at The Ravenscroft School in Raleigh.