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Press Releases

North Carolina Zoo Announces New Baby Chimp

Asheboro, N.C. - Nov. 14, 2019 North Carolina Zoo Announces Chimpanzee Birth – Second Birth this Year. 

This is the fifth chimp born at the North Carolina Zoo since 2010 and the second in 2019

North Carolina Zoo's Black Bear Holly Passes Away

Asheboro, N.C. – Nov. 13, 2019 - Holly, a black bear who lived at the North Carolina Zoo for 24 years, was humanely euthanized on Wed., Nov. 6, 2019. 


North Carolina Zoo Celebrates Military Appreciation Week 2019

Asheboro, N.C. – (Nov. 6, 2019)  The North Carolina Zoo is celebrating Military Appreciation Week by offering free admission to military members for the entire week of Nov. 9–17, 2019  (Saturday –Sunday).

North Carolina Zoo’s Beloved Grizzly Bear Yepani Passes Away

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Sept. 19, 2019 -  Yepani, a grizzly bear who has lived at the North Carolina Zoo for 25 years and was known for his gentle and patient personality, died Wednesday, Sept. 18.

North Carolina Zoo Strives to Save Carolina Gopher Frog

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Aug. 27, 2019 The North Carolina Zoo just completed its fourth successful season of “head-starting” an army (or group) of one of North Carolina’s rarest amphibians, the Carolina gopher frogs in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC).

Statement from North Carolina Zoo Director Pat Simmons

The following is a statement from the North Carolina Zoo Director

July 18, 2019

Unique Virtual Reality Experience Now Open at the North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, N.C. May 20, 2019 - Expedition Africa, a virtual reality experience is now open at the North Carolina Zoo.

Birds, Blooms, Bees, Butterflies and Bioblitz on Mother’s Day Weekend at the North Carolina Zoo  

Asheboro, N.C. May 3, 2019 -  The North Carolina Zoo is the place to be Mother’s Day weekend!  Celebrate birds, blooms, bees and butterflies Saturday, May 11 with a variety of activities from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

North Carolina Zoo Announces Baby Chimp's Name

Asheboro, N.C. April 30, 2019   - The North Carolina Zoo recently asked the public to help name its newest family member -- a baby boy chimpanzee born Monday, March 18.

The winning name chosen was “Obi” O through an online poll on the Zoo’s website. Obi is a word of Nigerian origin meaning “one who charms others; heart.”

North Carolina Zoo Mourns the Loss of Chimp Maggie

Asheboro, N.C. April 15, 2019 - The North Carolina Zoo sadly announces that Maggie, the 46-year-old matriarch of the chimpanzee troop, was humanely euthanized on Friday, April 12, after a period of declining health. She was the alpha (or dominant) female of the troop for more than 35 years.



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