Caring for Animals

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.
NEW! You Can Make an Automatic Monthly Donation to Care for Animals

To become a monthly sustainer of the Zoo’s efforts to Care for Animals, check the “recurring donation option” on your order form, and we will automatically charge the same amount to your credit card every month. Don’t worry; you can easily stop your automatic donations at any time by following the instructions printed on the bottom of the receipt you will receive each month.

Animal Care Programs

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Subtotal $10.00

Total due $10.00

Recurring amount (if any) $10.00

The Zoo’s Veterinary Division…

…sees to the medical needs of all the animals at the Zoo, provides world-class training opportunities for aspiring veterinarians, and contributes to international field research in Africa and in North America. Donations to this program will support the veterinary needs of animals served by the Zoo or its wildlife rehabilitation center, educational opportunities provided to veterinary residents and interns, or field programs that provide veterinary support to conservation research.

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.

Veterinary Conservation Research

Donations to the Zoo Society fully fund the Veterinary staff’s Conservation Medicine Program, which carries out research, provides training and purchases equipment related to the medical needs of rare and endangered species. For example, this program monitors the health of wild snakes found on the Zoo’s grounds, surveys amphibian populations for disease, and studies the pharmacokinetics of white rhinos.

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.

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.