Zoo Hours

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nov. - March

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. April – October

 Saturday and Sunday Special Weather Bulletin ...

Unless the weather worsens, the NC Zoo will remain open on Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4.
However, ALL programs sponsored by the NC Zoo Society have been postponed and will NOT take place this Saturday or this Sunday.

The Zoo Society will NOT hold any backstage pass or meet and feed the animal programs on Saturday and the Sunday programs scheduled for life members have been postponed as well. 

You may call the Zoo Society (336-879-7250) during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, if you have questions.  You can also send questions to the Zoo Society by clicking the "contact us" option or by clicking here.

Please Take Note of the Following Message from the NC Zoo.

"We are pleased that the North Carolina Zoo is open today despite the threats of Hurricane Joaquin.  

Due to this adverse weather, viewing may be limited for some of our animals such as lions, chimpanzees, cougars, giraffes and polar bear who are given access to their indoor holding for their health and safety.

To also ensure the safety of our visitors and employees, the Zoo’s carousel does not operate during wet weather conditions and will not be operating today.

You can expect to enjoy many of our animal exhibits and attractions, such as the 4D theatre, the elephants and the Desert as they will be open for your visit. We hope you enjoy your visit with us and come again soon."

Visit the NC Zoo's Web site at nczoo.org for other details.


Handsome, New Gorilla Spotted Inside the NC Zoo.

The NC Zoo's refurbished gorilla exhibit reopened on August 27. Mosuba, an impressive silverback male is one of three new gorillas in the Zoo troop.  He can be seen keeping company with the Zoo's old-time troop members, including two youngsters, Bomassa and Apollo, and two other recently-arrived gorillas, Rosie and her six-year-old grandson, Hadari.

Come seem them. It'll be more fun than a barrel full of apes!

NC Zoo Society 2015 Collector's Christmas Ornament Available Now. 

Another collector's ornament from local artist Chris Gabriel. This limited addition piece is available for $24.95. This price includes your member discount and shipping. Purchase here.

Shadow a Veterinarian

Spend Your Morning making rounds, behind the scenes,

with a Zoo Veterinarian.

Find out how you and a friend can go behind the scenes with Senior Veterinarian Dr. Jb Minter to learn how the veterinary staff provides medical care to the Zoo's animals. 

An unforgettable birthday or anniversary present!  Learn more here.


Zoo Gift Cards Now Available Online

NC Zoo Gift Cards are accepted for payment at all Zoo gift shops or can be used at the ticket booths to buy admission tickets or memberships.

 Purchase here


Go Behind the

Scenes at the Zoo

Want to Shadow a
Zoo Veterinarian?

Find Out How!


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