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Press Releases

Boo at the NC Zoo 2021

Asheboro, N.C. –  Oct. 1, 2021 - Two weekends of fun!

Gorillas on the Line..Answer the Call 2021

Asheboro, N.C. – Sept. 7, 2021 -  Bring in an old cell phone, tablet, iPod, MP3 player, or e-reader to the Zoo’s gorilla habitat in Africa on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for recycling and receive a free Gorillas on the Line t-shirt, while supplies last. 

North Carolina Zoo Celebrates 20 Years of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Asheboro, N.C. – August 18, 2021  - The Zoo's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is the only one of its kind in U.S. zoos. Speakers include Deputy Director Jeff Michael of N.C. Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources and Chief Veterinarian Dr. Jb Minter.

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.


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