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Press Releases

North Carolina Zoo and Conservation Efforts on a Global Scale

Asheboro, N.C., January 28, 2021 - The North Carolina Zoo's conservation work goes far beyond the Zoo's 2,600 acres of land in North Carolina. The Zoo's UNITE for the Environment program worked with teachers in Uganda, a small country located in east Africa.

Payton's New Place - North Carolina Zoo Welcomes New Polar Bear

Asheboro, N.C. – Jan. 22, 2021 The North Carolina Zoo welcomes its newest resident, a 1,000-pound male polar bear, as part of its breeding efforts. The Zoo is hopeful the addition to the polar bear family will result in new offspring.


Give the Gift of Unique Experiences this Holiday Season

Give the gift of a unique experience this holiday season from the North Carolina Zoo! The Zoo offers an array of online adventures for kids of all ages and a gift shop with items from around the world.

North Carolina Zoo's Toy Lambeth selected as recipient of the Governor's Awards for Excellence

North Carolina Zoo Volunteer Coordinator Toy Lambeth was honored with Governor’s Awards for Excellence for Human Relations on Tuesday, Oct. 27. It is the highest honor a state employee may receive.

North Carolina Zoo Recognized with Honors through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for Conservation

The North Carolina Zoo is pleased to announce it received an award and two grants through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) at its annual conference in September.

Secrets of the Zoo: North Carolina on Nat Geo WILD

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the North Carolina Zoo? Here’s your chance to find out! The North Carolina Zoo is featured in the new, eight-part Nat Geo WILD series, SECRETS OF THE ZOO: NORTH CAROLINA, which premieres Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10 PM ET.

Cute but Ferocious: North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of Sand Cat Kitten

The wild, fearless, feline hunters are rarely seen by humans. Sand cats may be small but don’t let their petite size fool you. They’re wild, fearless hunters that kill venomous snakes in the desert. They’re also a rare sight to see, which is why the North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a sand cat on Monday, Aug. 10.

California Sea Lion Diesel Passes Away at North Carolina Zoo

Diesel, a California sea lion, who one zookeeper remembered as a "chatty goofball full of energy," passed away on Aug. 18

The North Carolina Zoo Will Open to the Public June 15

The North Carolina Zoo will open to the public Monday, June 15 with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and guests.


North Carolina Zoo Announces Virtual Summer Camps

June 3, 2020  - The North Carolina Zoo is bringing its Summer Camps program to you in a new, online format.

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