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Press Releases

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.

North Carolina Zoo Announces Second Litter of Red Wolves for 2020

May 28, 2020 - Two Endangered Wolf Pups Born at North Carolina Zoo Bringing Total to Seven This Year. The pups are named in honor of a zookeeper who passed away last year.

Three Orphaned Otters at the North Carolina Zoo's Wildlife Center

May 27, 2020 - Found in three different locations in eastern North Carolina, the otters are being raised as a group at the Zoo to help ensure their survival after their release.

The North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of Five Critically Endangered American Red Wolves

There are currently only 15-20 red wolves found in the wild, only in eastern North Carolina, making them the most endangered canid in the world

North Carolina Zoo and First Lady Kristin Cooper Announce Baby Rhino's Name

The winning name is "Jojo" named after a rhino keeper at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

North Carolina Zoo Announces Public Poll to Help Name New Baby Rhino

A surprise guest will announce the winning name on May 4

Asheboro, N.C. – April 17, 2020 - The North Carolina Zoo is enlisting the public’s help to name the new female baby rhino born at the Zoo on February 24

North Carolina Zoo Offers a New Virtual Visit Experience

Asheboro, N.C. – April 13, 2020 –Since a visit to the North Carolina Zoo isn’t currently possible, the Zoo is bringing its programs to you!

North Carolina Zoo to Temporarily Close Effective March 17, 2020

Asheboro – March 17, 2020 - In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, the North Carolina Zoo will suspend public operations starting Tuesday, March 17, for the safety and wellness of our guests and staff.

North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of a Second Southern White Rhino This Year

Asheboro, N.C. – March 9, 2020 - The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce another southern white rhino was born at the Zoo on Feb. 24, 2020—the second rhino birth so far this year. The female calf was born to mother Linda and father, Stormy. The Zoo will announce details of naming the new calf at a later time.

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