Animal Welfare

A wide range of programs...

The North Carolina Zoo Society's primary role is to support conservation, education, research and recreational programs at the North Carolina Zoo. The Zoo Society’s generous donors and loyal members enable the Zoo to do more than exhibit animals well. Gifts from the Zoo Society help the North Carolina Zoo

  • contribute nationally and internationally to wildlife conservation and research;
  • advance standards and practices that promote the well-being of animals in zoos and in the wild; and
  • inspire people everywhere to respect, explore, care about and connect with nature.

Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

The Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center provides free veterinary and rehabilitation services to orphaned and injured native animals brought to the Zoo for treatment. The Center also provides significant training opportunities to residents, interns and other students who work or volunteer at the Center while they pursue careers in biology or veterinary medicine. Funds raised by the Zoo Society provide half of the money needed to operate the Center. Please use the form below to make a donation to the Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Animal Enrichment Programs

The Zoo’s animal enrichment programs serve the psychological and physical well-being of the Zoo’s animals by providing them with complex, changing and appropriate environments and social settings that encourage play, foraging and other natural behaviors. Donations from Zoo Society members and donors provide all of the funds used to operate these programs. Please use the form below to make a donation to the Zoo's animal enrichment programs.

General Veterinary Care

At times, the Zoo's veterinary staff requires highly specialized equipment that must be purchased quickly or that cannot be provided through the state budgeting process. In these situations, the Zoo Society will step in purchase these items. Please use the form below to make a donation in support of general veterinary care at the Zoo.