February 25, 2011
Fraziers make gift to Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute in honor of late son

Robert "Lee" Frazier II of Claremont, NC, has made a donation in honor of his son, Robert "Lee" Frazier III, to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute (BRWI) at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk for the care and rehabilitation of wildlife in the southern Appalachian region.

Robert "Lee" Frazier loved animals, and loved taking care of them. He was the caretaker of his parents, and always enjoyed having pets including dogs, chickens, rabbits and sugar gliders.

"Lee loved being outdoors and loved animals. He was a very compassionate guy," said Peter Stewart, nephew of Lee Frazier.

Lee Frazier passed away in March 2010 and wanted his money to go to the care of animals. After consideration, Lee's father, Lee, decided to make a gift to the BRWI in his son's honor and memory.

"The Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute at Lees-McRae College is honored to carry on Mr. Frazier's passion for animals through this donation," said director Nina Fischesser. "The BRWI is so very thankful for generous and compassionate people like Mr. Frazier and his family. We wouldn't be able to care for so many animals each year without their generosity."

Located in Banner Elk, on the Campus of Lees-McRae College, the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute is dedicated to earth stewardship through wildlife rehabilitation and education, hands-on training, and scientific research. The BRWI rehabilitates 900-1000 injured, diseased, orphaned or displaced southern Appalachian wildlife each year.

The family became familiar with the work of BRWI when Peter Stewart and girlfriend, Dana Spencer, brought injured wildlife to Banner Elk to BRWI for treatment on two separate occasions.

BRWI follows strict standards of wildlife care according to the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and keeps strong connections with state and national wildlife rehabilitation associations, while providing guidance to licensed rehabilitators.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation concentration in the Biology Bachelor of Science degree at Lees-McRae College offers cutting edge techniques in both wildlife rehabilitation and education. BRWI follows strict standards of wildlife care according to the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.

Through outreach in the local community and at the center, BRWI educates over 20,000 people in schools, festivals, and tours with our non-releasable animal ambassadors.

For more information, visit If you find injured wildlife, call the BRWI at (828) 898-2568 or (828) 733-6142.

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