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Press Releases

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.


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

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