The Huntingtons wanted to really preserve the complexity of Brookgreen, what they saw here in the early 1930s, for their generation and for future generations. That continues to be the mission. They continue to collect sculpture and expand the gardens and animal exhibits. The history collection and interpretation becomes more important with every passing day.
With the continued development of the coast, Brookgreen's open land serves as a critical wildlife sanctuary.
The old-growth longleaf pine forests on the Brookgreen property is the home to an endangered species, the red-cockaded woodpecker.