Zoo Hours

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

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. April – October

The Zoo Needs Your Help Today!

Please, Speak Up to Support the Zoo!


We need your help NOW to let North Carolina lawmakers know that you want to see Tigers, Orangutans, Kangaroos and other animals come to the NC Zoo without seeing our taxes raised! 

We are depending on you and our other best friends to urge their legislators to put the NC Connect bond on the November ballot and to support the new exhibits the Zoo wants to build for to you.

To help us, please act NOW! (You must speak before June 30 or it will be too late!)

Click here to follow a few easy steps to show your support of the Zoo.

Click here to learn more about the Zoo's Vision for the future.


Want to Make a Middle Schooler Smile for a While?

Treat him or her to iveterinarian this June and go behind the scenes to see how Zoo Veterinarians care for the Zoo's animals.

Designed for an adult and child to explore together.

 Learn more here.


What? Is Nu at the Zoo?


 This summer experience something “Nu” at the North Carolina Zoo. Help support YOUR NC Zoo July 25, 2015 and connect with nature while listening to the sweet sounds of Nu-Blu Bluegrass Band. This “Nu” family fun-filled event will include animal encounters, activities for kids and a special visitor from the zoo’s Dino World. Enjoy food and beverages in our outdoor Africa Amphitheatre.


Camps for Young Adults Who Want Careers That Let Them Work with Animals!

NC Zoo Senior and Junior Wild Animal Science Camps

      “Two days learning how the world’s conservation heroes study and protect gorillas, lions, chimpanzees, and more plus one exciting night camping next to the zoo's exotic animals.

Camp at the zoo and learn from the Zoo’s biologists who work around the world to save rare and endangered animals.”

Download brochures and learn about the application process here.


NC Zoo Veterinary Camps

The NC Zoo and Zoo Society 2015 Junior and Senior Veterinary Camps are full.

Learn more here.

We will post the dates for our 2016 Veterinary Camps in late November. To increase your chances for being accepted to a veterinary camp, it is best to complete your application early, before we hold our drawing in March

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.


Heads Up - Three New Gorillas Coming Our Way this Fall


Three new gorillas—a silverback male, an adult female and her three-year old grandson—are set to come here from the Henry Doorly Zoo sometime this summer. After doing a stint in quarantine, the trio will join the Zoo's longtime gorilla residents — two females and each of their two-year-old sons — on exhibit.
The prospect of caring for these additional gorillas has Zoo staff busy enlarging and improving its existing gorilla habitat and night quarters.

During these renovations, our resident troop has been moved to an off-exhibit space so that they can avoid the noise and confusion that besets any renovations. Don’t worry, though! They are well cared for and thriving in their temporary digs, and they will be back on exhibit this fall.

If you would like to make a donation to bring these three gorillas to North Carolina or to help the Zoo improve their holding spaces, please click here.

Something to Roar About at the NC Zoo


The Zoo's lioness and cubs (count them, there are four!) are on exhibit now in Asheboro.

Prepare to witness some rough and tumble play as these future kings and queens of the beasts mix it up in their expansive habitat.

It looks like it's time to go to the Zoo again! 


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


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Scenes at the Zoo

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Zoo Veterinarian?

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