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Press Releases

North Carolina Zoo Mourning Death of Chimp Nori

The quirky and full of sass chimp  captured hears and had many challenges through her short life 

Asheboro, N.C. — May 04, 2022 - The North Carolina Zoo sadly announces the death of Nori, an 11-year-old member of the chimpanzee troop who was euthanized on Monday after a period of declining health.

North Carolina Zoo Announces the Permanent Closure of its Aviary Habitat

Asheboro, N.C. – April 21, 2022 - North Carolina Zoo Announces the Permanent Closure of its Aviary Habitat

Built in the early 1980s, the 40-year-old domed structure requires significant repairs due to the effects of high humidity and wet conditions.

North Carolina Zoo Closes Aviary to the Public as Precautionary Measure to Protect Birds

Asheboro, N.C. – Jan 24, 2022 - With recently confirmed cases of avian flu in wild birds found in eastern North Carolina, the North Carolina Zoo is taking the precautionary measure of closing its Aviary habitat to the public.

Grizzly Bear Has a New Home at North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, N.C. – Dec. 13, 2021 - The North Carolina Zoo announces the arrival of its newest resident – a 740-pound male grizzly bear named Ronan.

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 Receives Top International Award for Environmental Sustainability

Asheboro, N.C. – Oct. 19, 2021 The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Annual Environmental Sustainability Award recognizes one zoo or aquarium with significant achievement in sustainable practices. 

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, N.C. -  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. 

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