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Press Releases

Sand Cat Triplets Born at the Zoo

Asheboro, N.C. - June 2, 2023 - The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce yet another recent birth: three sand cat kittens were born on May 11. Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the kittens were born to first-time mother Sahara, 3, and father Cosmo, 9.

Chimpanzee Makes His Debut at the North Carolina Zoo

On Sunday, May 21, a healthy baby boy was born to chimp Gigi dramatically – on habitat in full view of guests.

It’s a boy! North Carolina Zoo Welcomes a Giraffe Calf

Asheboro, N.C. – May 24, 2023 - The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce a soaring addition to its family. The Zoo’s 13-year-old giraffe Leia gave birth to her calf—already about six feet tall—on Saturday, May 20. 

After Renovation and Redesign, the Baboon Habitat Reopens

Asheboro, N.C. – May 23, 2023  - North Carolina Zoo guests can enjoy seeing a band of baboons playing in their newly renovated habitat 

North Carolina Zoo Council Meeting May 10, 2023

Asheboro, N.C. - The North Carolina Zoo Council will hold a meeting on Wed., May 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Earth Day Celebrations at North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, N.C. – April 12, 2023 - Join the North Carolina Zoo for our Party for the Planet on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2023, and help save gorillas in the wild.

Meet Haji - North Carolina Zoo's New Lion

Asheboro, N.C. – Feb. 23, 2023 - The North Carolina Zoo is excited to officially announce its new male lion, Haji, has arrived. 

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Welcomes Artie, African male elephant, from North Carolina Zoo

Hohenwald, Tenn - Feb. 8, 2023 - The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and North Carolina Zoo are pleased to announce that African elephant Artie arrived at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee on Tuesday, January 31.

Zoo Council Meeting Feb. 8, 2023

The North Carolina Zoo Council will hold a meeting on Wed., Feb 8, 2023.

North Carolina Zoo Mourns Loss of Natalie, Rhino with ‘Big Personality’  

Asheboro, N.C.  Jan. 17, 2023  - Zookeepers said Natalie, 30, had a personality that matched her big 4,000+ pound size. Southern white rhinos are the second-largest land mammal after elephants

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