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Help NC Zoo Raise Money for Polar Bear ResearchPolar Bear Patches

Join the NC Zoo in helping the environment and raise money for Polar Bear research at the same time.  Sign up for the Million Actions by Earth Day Campaign at and set up an account under World/NC Zoological Society.  For every sustainable action (like turning off the water while brushing your teeth) that you log, the NC Zoo receives 25 cents for Polar Bear research.  You can log up to 4 actions per day until May 1, so get started today.  More

Amphibian AwarenessAmphibian Awareness Day

April 26

Visit the Zoo on Amphibian Awareness Day to enjoy educational activities and learn about amphibian conservation efforts.


New! BUGS An Epic Adventure 

March 29-October - Open Daily 10 a.m.

Come eye-to-antenna with giant animatronic bugs, then encounter the real ones in our live bug encounter dome. Learn more about these unusual creatures that make up 96% of animal life on earth.  


NEW! RIO The 4-D Experience  

March 29-October - Open Daily 10 a.m.

When the last blue macaws on Earth, Blu and Jewel, are captured, they must work together as they embark on a 4-D journey through Rio de Janeiro, finding courage, friendship and maybe even love along the way.

Cougar Kittens Begin Introduction to Exhibit

cougar kittten

Three adorable cougar kittens now call the North Carolina Zoo home.  See a video of the kittens first day exploring their exhibit.   More info

Otter Baby Otter Baby in the sun

A female North American otter, born January 15 at the North Carolina Zoo, and its mother now have the choice to stay indoors or go into the exhibit in public view.  See the video on facebook of the baby girl swimming for the first time!


N.C. Zoo to Become First State Agency to Attain Environmental Stewardship Award Apr. 21, 2014

Baby Baboon Born at the North Carolina Zoo Apr. 11, 2014

Party for the Planet at the N.C. Zoo this Weekend and Celebrate Earth Day Apr. 10, 2014

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Zoo CampsZoo Camps

N.C. Zoo Camp is a great way for kids to learn about animals and our natural environment in an outdoor setting. Registration begins April 1, 2014.

Solar PointeSolar Pointe Pavilions

 The Zoo rents the picnic pavilions for catered events and the pavilions will include interactive graphics explaining how solar power generation works.  More about Solar Pointe and to see a live readout of Solar Pointe Power.

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