Zoo Hours

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

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. April – October

Join the chorus on Saturday, April 26, to sing the praises of tadpoles, pollywogs, salamanders, toads & frogs.

You'll have a hoppin' good time!


 Wake Up With the Animals

Our annual Zoo Society members event, Wake Up With The Animals, sponsored by McDonald’s (light continental breakfast – cinnamon melts and fruit) will be held on May 17, 2014, beginning at 8 a.m. The event ends at 9:30 a.m.

Wake Up will be held in the North America Plaza this year. Special programming for the day includes views of the Zoo's three new Cougar kittens, visits to a revamped and remarkable Kidzone, glimpses of the Zoo's new baby otter and, of course, chances to watch Patches, the Polar Bear, play in her pool.
Zoo Society members can call 336-879-7250 to make reservations. Zoo Society members attend for free. Members may buy tickets to bring in non-member guests. Guest tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children.

Join the Action to Protect Polar Bears


Sign up at My Actions and watch your good environmental deeds grow conservation cash for the Zoo.

Learn More Here


We have ANOTHER baby!

For the first time, ever, the Zoo had an otter birth. The surprise addition to the Zoo's collection arrived on January 15. The mom kept her youngster safe in its den until just a few days ago, but decided, voluntarily, in mid-march to introduce him to the public. The pup can be seen intermittently in the exhibit - and swimming in its pool.


Three cougar kittens flew into the Zoo this week. They will be on exhibit in a month or so, but you can see them playing here. We are very grateful to the LightHawk volunteer pilots for flying the youngsters here from the Oregon Zoo. Thanks so much!


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 boots to buy admission tickets or memberships.

Let us choose one of the designs for you, and you tell us the amount that you want us to load onto the card.

Purchase here.


2014 Wild Veterinary Camps

We have set the dates for our 2014 Wild Veterinary Camps, and we have begun taking applications.

Click here to learn more and to apply.




NC Zoo Takes Leadership Role in Improving the Well Being of Animals Held in Zoos Around the World. 

The NC Zoo and Zoo Society, in reflection of the long experience we have with zoos in developing countries, are proud to have launched a novel and much-needed initiative, Wild Welfare, to locate and improve the condition of captive wild animals being held under circumstances of severe distress. A gift from you will help Wild Welfare build relationships with individual zoos, their management and communities in order to provide relief to wild animals kept under the poorest conditions.

Learn More

Donate here



Let's Put the Cat Out!

to help give the Zoo's Ocelots a spacious outdoor exhibit!



Donate to the Zoo Society's Annual fund

to ensure that the Zoo always has the resources it needs to care for its animals, maintain its exhibits and serve its visitors.

Your gift will protect our most precious, living assets by helping the Zoo:

* Acquire, feed and enrich the lives of more than 1,100 animals;

* Provide these animals with state-of-the-art veterinary care;
* Connect students with animals, nature and learning;

* Tend to the needs of the more than 750,000 people who visit every year; * Keep its gardens growing;

* Protect wild animals around the world.



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