Wildlife Supply Company®, founded in 1938, is one of the pioneers in the environmental sampling industry. At Wildlife Supply we take nothing for granted. Not the least of which is your patronage. We depend on you to conduct the field work for which our products are intended - and to let us know if you encounter any unexpected benefits or problems. Like most family businesses we think long term - how can we help it with three generations under one roof? We`re interested in a partnership for life, or as long as we both shall sample. We know you don`t sample all year round. That`s why we now offer many items to help you analyze your sediment samples in the lab. Set up your benthos lab with Wildco`s new catalog. It`s free - and it`s jam-packed with hard-to-find references and sampling tips.
With over sixty-five years of experience in the fresh water sampling business, we know that customer service plays a vital role for the users of our equipment. We understand the products you need when you are in the field, as we designed and developed a number of them! Look to our resources page, our product how-to articles and our print catalog for a wealth of information covering all aspects of water sampling.
Wildlife Supply Company, founded in 1938, is one of the pioneers in the environmental sampling industry. We designed and developed the Ponar grab, K-B corer, Shipek grab, Ann Arbor roller press, Ogeechee sand corer, even the lowly messenger itself – which are specified in a variety of EPA protocols. In 2000, Wildco was bought by Science First, a 53-year-old manufacturer of science education equipment now in its third generation of family ownership. We are proud to keep up the tradition of making professional water sampling equipment right here in our facility in Yulee, FL.
Wildco, Science First, and StarLab are all divisions of Morris and Lee Inc.
We like to think we represent much that is good about small business in America today. We were founded in 1960 by a college physics instructor, Frank Lee, who is the father of the current president, Nancy Lee Bell. Mr. Lee designed products he would have wanted to use in his own classes, focusing on teaching value, sturdy construction and hands-on applications. Originally located in Buffalo, NY, the company benefited from the many small garage shops and hard-working people in the area.
In 1983 the company was sold to Frank’s daughter, Nancy, and her husband, Ray Bell, upon Frank’s decision to retire. Once freed up to focus on inventing new products, however, Frank continued to come to work – sometimes without pay – until nearly eighty. It was a true “family affair” – at one time Frank, Nancy and Ray and all four of their children worked under one roof.
In 2004 Ray died an untimely death, leaving behind many contributions, products and processes that had helped grow the company. He was a chemist and electrical engineer and brought the company into the “age of technology”. Nancy’s two sons Aaron and Nathaniel joined the business at the point (her two daughters are part owners as well but are inactive). Aaron is Vice President and Treasurer, Nathan has worked most recently as Marketing Director.
In 2009, after 50 yrs in Buffalo, the company moved to Northeast Florida into a Science Firstnew facility near Amelia Island, north of Jacksonville, in one of the most beautiful sections of Florida (or so we believe).
Over the years the company has made several acquisitions which has helped diversify their product line and grow their business. All are niche businesses which require flexibility in manufacturing methods and good customer service.
The acquisitions include:
- Wildlife Supply Company, purchased in 2000, a manufacturer of water sampling equipment which sells to universities and government agencies and has had a stellar reputation since its founding in 1938.
- Starlab (Learning Technologies), purchased in 2008. The Starlab is a portable planetarium that sells to school districts, museums and science centers and provides an amazing immersive experience that can be set up in minutes in gym or cafeteria.
- The Science Source, purchased in August, 2014, a manufacturer of science education equipment similar in many ways to Science First’s core business.
Like many small businesses, Wildlife Supply Company knows that its customers are its reason for existence. We appreciate hearing from the people who use our products and are honored by their loyalty. Without the customers who buy our products, we believe our country would not be what it is today.