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We are pleased to offer a discounted rate for groups of 15 or more.    You may purchase online or call the Zoo's group help line at 1.800.488.0444, extension 7700, toll free.  The group help line is available to assist you with online ticket orders Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST.  Please note:  Ticket purchase must be made two weeks in advance to be eligible for your discount.  

Standard Groups

 The NC Zoo welcomes all groups, tour operators, motor coach companies and schools. The Zoo's onsite caterer can provide a wide menu of services customized to suit the needs of your group.  Additionally, qualifying groups will receive two free admissions to the Zoo.     

Standard Group Ticket Prices

For your group to receive special group ticket prices:

  • Group should have 15 or more paid attendees.
  • All groups must order their Zoo admission tickets in advance.   Zoo tickets may be printed and distributed by the group leader, allowing the group to enter the Zoo at different times. 
  • If your corporation is a member of the NC Zoo Society, the group leader should call 336.879.7250 for ticket information.  

Make reservations for your standard group 

School Groups

The NC Zoo is an outstanding educational facility.  We are pleased to welcome school groups from across the nation for an unforgettable learning experience. 

School group rates, information and online registration


Groups may rent one of our private picnic areas on a "first-call" basis.   We offer a shaded public area near the North America entrance, which is available on a "first-come" basis.


Catering arrangements for picnics may be made by calling the Zoo's catering service, SSA Services, at 336.879.7375.


At the admission gates, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, debit cards, Zoo gift cards and cash are accepted. 

Online or by phone, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and debit cards are accepted.

Refunds/Rain Checks

Most of our facilities are outside.  Due to various weather conditions, some animals may not be visible or on exhibit.  We do not offer refunds or rain checks.


We are pleased to offer a designated area for bus parking.

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Aviary Bird Guide

African Pygmy Goose

Amethyst Starling

Bali Mynah

Birds in the Aviary

Blue Poison Dart Frog

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot:

Blue-grey Tanager

Blue-winged Leafbird

Chilean Flamingo

Common Shama Thrush

Crested Coua

Crested Wood Partridge

Eclectus Parrot

Emerald Starling

Fairy Bluebird

Golden- crested Mynah

Green Woodhoopoe

Mandarin Duck

Masked Lapwing


Nicobar Pigeon

Panama Golden Poison Dart Frog

Paradise Tanager

Pekin Robin

Purple Glossy Starling

Red-capped Cardinal

Ringed Teal

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet-faced Liocichla


Victoria-crowned Pigeon

White-faced Whistling Duck

Yellow-banded dart frog (bumblebee frog)

Yellow-rumped Cacique

Africa Bridge Art

African Gates

African Savanna

Agama Lizard

Ant Bear

Arctic Fox Art

Arctic Turns

Bald Eagle with Salmon

Ball Python

Billy Goats Gruff

Black Dog


Cattail Gate

Elephant Rubbing Tree

Elephant Tracking Game

Elephants Art

Follow the Pollen Path

French Beans


Garden Friends

Harbor Seal Sculpture

Hippo Pod

Hummingbird Garden

Lisa’s Dragonfly



Nature’s Recyclers

Ola, The Water Bearer

Ostrich Egg Interactive

Piedmont Totem

Polar Bear Art

Prairie Geyser

Preening Heron

Stalking Little Blue Heron

Stone that Stands in an Empty Sky

The Critics

Uwharrie Vision

Watani Cooling Station

White Rhino Art

Zoological Egg Rest