The North Carolina Zoo values its relationships with media outlets.  If you are a reporter and would like to arrange an interview, get more information on the Zoo’s animals and conservation science research or you would like to be added to the media list to receive media alerts and press releases, please contact Debbie Fuchs at or 336.879.7204.

Press Releases

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.



Gorillas on the Line - Answer the Call

Asheboro, N.C. Apri 4, 2019 - Even taking small steps such as recycling old electronics can have a big impact on gorilla conservation. Bring in an old cell phone, tablet, iPod or MP3 player for recycling and receive a coupon good toward a $2 admission discount on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of Chimpanzee

Asheboro, N.C. March 19, 2019 - 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

Asheboro, N.C. - March 15, 2019 - New training with KultureCity creates more inclusive environment for people with sensory sensitivities

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

Asheboro, N.C. Feb. 15, 2019 - "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

Asheboro, N.C. December 14, 2019 - 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.


Subscribe to News