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Press Releases

Secrets of the Zoo: North Carolina on Nat Geo WILD

Asheboro, N.C. – Sept. 30, 2020 - Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the North Carolina Zoo? Here’s your chance to find out! The North Carolina Zoo is featured in the new, eight-part Nat Geo WILD series, SECRETS OF THE ZOO: NORTH CAROLINA, which premieres Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10 PM ET.

Cute but Ferocious: North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of Sand Cat Kitten

Asheboro, N.C. – Sept 3, 2020 - The wild, fearless, feline hunters are rarely seen by humans. Sand cats may be small but don’t let their petite size fool you. They’re wild, fearless hunters that kill venomous snakes in the desert. They’re also a rare sight to see, which is why the North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a sand cat on Monday, Aug. 10.

California Sea Lion Diesel Passes Away at North Carolina Zoo

Asheboro, N.C. Aug. 24, 2020  - Diesel, a California sea lion, who one zookeeper remembered as a "chatty goofball full of energy," passed away on Aug. 18

The North Carolina Zoo Will Open to the Public June 15

The North Carolina Zoo will open to the public Monday, June 15 with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and guests.


North Carolina Zoo Announces Virtual Summer Camps

June 3, 2020  - The North Carolina Zoo is bringing its Summer Camps program to you in a new, online format.

North Carolina Zoo Announces Second Litter of Red Wolves for 2020

May 28, 2020 - Two Endangered Wolf Pups Born at North Carolina Zoo Bringing Total to Seven This Year. The pups are named in honor of a zookeeper who passed away last year.

Three Orphaned Otters at the North Carolina Zoo's Wildlife Center

May 27, 2020 - Found in three different locations in eastern North Carolina, the otters are being raised as a group at the Zoo to help ensure their survival after their release.

The North Carolina Zoo Announces Birth of Five Critically Endangered American Red Wolves

Asheboro, N.C. – May 8, 2020  - There are currently only 15-20 red wolves found in the wild, only in eastern North Carolina, making them the most endangered canid in the world

North Carolina Zoo and First Lady Kristin Cooper Announce Baby Rhino's Name

Asheboro, N.C. – May 4, 2020 - The winning name is "Jojo" named after a rhino keeper at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

North Carolina Zoo Announces Public Poll to Help Name New Baby Rhino

A surprise guest will announce the winning name on May 4

Asheboro, N.C. – April 17, 2020 - The North Carolina Zoo is enlisting the public’s help to name the new female baby rhino born at the Zoo on February 24

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