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Press Releases

North Carolina Zoo Mourns the Loss of 'Amazing, Goofy' Grizzly Bear

Asheboro, July 09, 2021 - The North Carolina Zoo is grieving the loss of Tommo, a beloved grizzly bear who lived at the Zoo for 26 years. The 31-year-old bear's quality of life quickly declined to the point that the Zoo's staff made the difficult decision to euthanize him this week. 

North Carolina Zoo Announces Red Wolf Pup Names Chosen by the Public

Asheboro, N.C. – June 30, 2021 - The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce the names of the six red wolf pups (four females, two males) born on the guest view habitat to first-time parents Flint (male) and Sassy.

The North Carolina Zoo Announces Changes in Operations Starting July 1

Asheboro, N.C. – June 29, 2021 – The North Carolina Zoo will resume normal operations, with no capacity limits, starting July 1, 2021.

North Carolina Zoo Asks Public to Vote on Names of American Red Wolf Pups

Asheboro, N.C. – June 18, 2021 - The North Carolina Zoo is asking the public to vote for names for six American red wolf pups born in April. 

The North Carolina Zoo Welcomes African Elephant Louie

June 3, 2021 - Asheboro, NC - The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce an African bull elephant, Louie, is joining the Zoo’s herd. Louie arrived on May 25, and he is settling in well to his new habitat. 

The North Carolina Zoo Announces Three Litters of Red Wolves Born in Span of Three Days

Asheboro, N.C. – May 17, 2021 - The North Carolina Zoo announces the birth of three litters of critically endangered American red wolves as part of its red wolf breeding program.  This is the first time in the Zoo’s breeding program that three litters were born in one spring.

Earth Day 2021 - Party for the Planet

Asheboro, N.C. – (April 19, 2021) Earth Day, first celebrated on April 22, 1970, has been observed by the North Carolina Zoo each year since 1996. Rather than allowing the occasion to pass in 2021, we will work around COVID-19 challenges so you may celebrate Earth Day with proper distancing.


Conservation Is Not Closed: North Carolina Zoo Awarded Significant Grant Protecting Black Rhinos in the Wild

Asheboro, N.C. (March 4, 2021) – The North Carolina Zoo was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) as part of the: Saving Animals from Extinction® (SAFE) program. The grant is for the project titled “Ensuring Protection of the World’s Largest Black Rhino Population in the Face of the Global Corona Virus Pandemic.”

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.


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