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Press Releases

North Carolina Zoo Holiday Event “Believe…in the Magic of the Season” 2021

Asheboro, N.C. - Dec. 1, 2021 - The North Carolina Zoo’s annual holiday event Believe…in the Magic of the Season” will be held over the first two weekends in December on Dec. 4, 5, and 11, 12.

North Carolina Zoo Receives Accreditation from Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Asheboro, N.C. – Nov. 29, 2021 - The North Carolina Zoo is pleased to announce it has once again received the honor of accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

North Carolina Zoo Offers Military Appreciation Week

Asheboro, N.C. – Nov. 1, 2021 - In honor of Veteran’s Day, the North Carolina Zoo is offering free admission for the military and $2 off admission for up to six accompanying guests for its Military Appreciation week of November 8 – 14, 2021.

North Carolina Zoo Receives Top International Award for Environmental Sustainability

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Annual Environmental Sustainability Award recognizes one zoo or aquarium with significant achievement in sustainable practices. 

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.

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