The North Carolina Zoo, located in the Uwharrie mountain range, has five miles of tree-lined trails which immerse visitors in beautiful, diverse and sometimes challenging terrain. Our Zoo is best experienced by using the trails; however, a Zoo-wide transportation system is available to help visitors navigate to three strategic locations inside the Park to begin their walk to the habitats. Accessible trams and buses are available to meet your needs. Please note that habitats are not viewable from the trams or buses.
Both entrances are on a level walking surface and have accessible drop-off points for visitors who are mobility-impaired. Accessible parking spaces are available with a valid license plate or hangtag.
Accessible transportation is available in the Park.
Rental wheelchairs are available at both Park entrances.
Coolers, food or beverage used for medical purposes can be checked at either entrance, tagged and brought inside the Zoo. Park rangers patrol the Zoo and can help with medical emergencies.
We welcome guests with disabilities that choose to bring their trained service animal into the Zoo. While emotional support animals or comfort animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals under the ADA and for that reason at this time we do not allow them. If you have questions about bringing your service animal into the Zoo, please contact us before visiting.