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Press Releases

North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of Chimpanzee

A boost for conservation efforts, this is the fourth chimp born at the Zoo since 2010

The North Carolina Zoo is Certified Sensory Inclusive Through KultureCity

New training with KultureCity creates more inclusive environment for people with sensory sensitivities

North Carolina Zoo’s Beloved Rhino Stanley Passes Away at 49

 "Stan" served as an ambassador for the plight of rhinos in the wild whose populations are threatened

Chimpanzee Ruthie Passes Away at the North Carolina Zoo

Ruthie, a chimpanzee who has lived at the North Carolina Zoo for nearly 40 years and was known for being silly, sassy and stubborn, was humanely euthanized on Thursday afternoon, December 13, 2018.


Our Wild Arctic Beauty—Meet Yura

The North Carolina Zoo and the North Carolina Zoo Society Zoo Society invited the public to help name a wild polar bear that both organizations jointly adopted symbolically through Polar Bears International (PBI).The winning name was Yura, which is Inuit for "one who is beautiful." Thank you to everyone that helped name our wild Arctic beauty!  

Help Us Name Our Wild Polar Bear

The North Carolina Zoo is inviting the public to help name a wild polar bear it has symbolically adopted through Polar Bears International (PBI).  The wild, female polar bear is living with her two cubs in the Western Hudson Bay area of Canada. The public poll is open until Monday, Nov. 19, 2018!

Ghost Story at the North Carolina Zoo - The Lady and the Night Ranger

Purgatory Mountain at the North Carolina Zoo has several spooky stories told by locals over the years. One particular story is from a ranger at the North Carolina Zoo who had an up close and spooky experience one foggy night....

North Carolina Zoo Awarded Multiple Grants for Conservation Projects

The North Carolina Zoo is pleased to announce it has been awarded three grants for its wildlife conservation projects in Africa

North Carolina Zoo Awarded Top Honors for International Conservation Programs

The North Carolina Zoo has been recognized with top honors from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for its global conservation work. These prestigious awards recognize exceptional efforts toward habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the wild.

Orphaned Otters Released into the Wild After Collaboration by Three N.C. Agencies

Two North American river otter pups orphaned earlier this year at the North Carolina coast have been successfully rehabilitated and released as part of a cooperative effort between The NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island and North Carolina Zoo. The effort was based on valuable input and cooperation among the participating agencies to help ensure the animals’ well-being. 

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