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See the Animals


The best way to see more than 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants is to walk the Park. If you tire easily, stroll at a relaxed pace and enjoy the woods around you!  Major habitats are about eight minutes apart and shaded benches, restrooms and water fountains are located throughout the Park for your comfort.  You can find the  locations of restrooms and water fountains on the free Visitor Guide you receive at the admission booth.

The North Carolina Zoo features natural habitats.  This provides an environment in which an animal feels more comfortable.

Throughout your day at the Zoo, be sure to take your time at the habitat overlooks because many animals blend in with their surroundings naturally.

Burrr!

Some of the North Carolina Zoo's animals, particularly the African species, are unable to tolerate very cold weather. For this reason, certain  animals may not be in their habitats if temperatures or wind-chill factors are below 45 degrees F. Precipitation can also impact animal-exhibit status. If temperatures exceed the 45-degree minimum, affected animals may be placed in the habitat later in the day. Animals in indoor habitats are not impacted by temperatures and may be enjoyed by visitors year round.

Here are some tips from animal keepers to help you see the animals.

  • As a general rule, animals tend to be more active in the morning than in the afternoon. 
  • The animals will not respond to calls, whistles or tapping on the glass. Your best bet is to remain quiet and watchful.
  • Some animals tend to stay in the back of their habitat near  the Zoo's closing.  In large habitats, animals might be harder to see at the end of the day.
  • Many animals use “camouflage techniques,” so be patient and look closely.
  • Use your senses, like hearing, to help you find an animal. In the Aviary, listen for the rustle of leaves. Look up in the canopy and near the ground to find birds.

Special events offer visitors unique opportunities like watching animals receive treats. Plan to see the animals at feeding times for special animal encounters      


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Tickets

Holiday Visit Tips

Keep Your Pets Cool

About the Area

Art in the Park

Ask for Help

Catering

Food

FYI/Tour the Zoo

Gift Cards

Gift Shops

Hiking Trails

Infant Care

Park Transportation

Parking

Picnic Rentals

Picnicking

School Lunch Menu

See the Animals

Special Needs

Visitor Needs

What to Bring

Wheelchair and Stroller Rental

Zoo Rules


Tickets

Holiday Visit Tips

Keep Your Pets Cool

About the Area

Art in the Park

Ask for Help

Catering

Food

FYI/Tour the Zoo

Gift Cards

Gift Shops

Hiking Trails

Infant Care

Park Transportation

Parking

Picnic Rentals

Picnicking

School Lunch Menu

See the Animals

Special Needs

Visitor Needs

What to Bring

Wheelchair and Stroller Rental

Zoo Rules