Our green practices and sustainability initiatives draw considerable attention locally, regionally, nationally and globally! The Zoo has received awards from the City of Asheboro, Randolph County, Multi-County Partnerships within the Piedmont Triad region, state-level agencies, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the International Zoo Educators Association to name a few. Here are just some of the awards and recognitions we have to show for our efforts:
1996 - The NC Recycling Association award for Outstanding Source Reduction.
1999 - Governor's Outstanding Source Reduction Award.
2000 - The "Conservation Captains" received the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environmental Sustainability Award.
2001 - The Zoo's Compost Program was awarded the Carolina Recycling Association's Outstanding Compost Program Award.
2002 - The Zoo was certified under ISO 14001 for Environmental Management System.
2004 - State Government's NC Green Team awarded the Zoo the first State Government Sustainability Award.
2005 -The Zoo was recognized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for The Cell Phone recycling Program.
2005 - Sustainable NC awarded the Zoo the 2005 NC Sustainability Award for organization-wide sustainability efforts.
2006 -NC Big Sweep awarded the Zoo the Caroline Parker Outstanding Achievement Award.
2006 - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Sustainability Team recognized the Zoo Biodiesel Program.
2006-The International Zoo Educators Association invited the Zoo to their international Conference in Pretoria, South Africa, where we presented details of our Green Practices Program to Educators from around the World
2007 - NC Land Trust recognized the Zoo as the State Government Conservation Partner of the Year.
2012-The Zoo became the inaugural recipient of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Green Award, recognizing our efforts with Sustainability initiatives
2017-The NC Source Water Collaborative cited the Zoo with an Award of Excellence for efforts taken to protect Surface Water Quality