Zoo Hours

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

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. April – October

Dinner with the Puffins

A Deliciously-Exclusive, Scrumptious Fundraiser

August 22  * 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  *  Rocky Coast  

The evening includes wine and appetizers beside the harbor seal pool and dinner and dessert in a temporary bistro set up by the seabirds— who will be spanking clean and dressed to impress for this special event.

 * Vegetarian entree available on request


Chicken Piccata*

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Baby Carrots

Key Lime Pie


Cost: $75 per person, includes a $50 donation to support seabird conservation.
Seating is limited, so sign up now.

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.

The tragic loss of Cecil, the lion— a reminder that Africa’s wildlife needs our help.


The NC Zoo is actively involved in saving animals in the wild. We do this in part by working closely with national parks across Africa, including in Zimbabwe where Cecil was killed. By training rangers and providing them with the latest in technology, we can help to save these majestic carnivores and the other animals that share their habitat.

Help by donating to the NC Zoo's Conservation Projects

Learn more about lions 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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