In accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina, the North Carolina Zoo will suspend public operations starting Tuesday, March 17, for the safety and wellness of our guests and staff. 

Along with the Zoo grounds, all education and public programs have been cancelled or postponed. 

During these extraordinary times, our top priority is the safety and health of our staff, members, volunteers, guests and of course, the animals. Please know the North Carolina Zoo will be here for the community to connect with nature once health officials declare it safe to resume normal operations. Our staff is working now to keep members and guests connected to the animals in our care through social media while our operations are temporarily suspended.

During this time, mandatory staff such as animal keepers and facilities operations staff will continue to report to work providing professional care for the animals and attending to maintenance needs. 

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will not admit any injured native wildlife during this time.

Purchased Tickets:
Any previously purchased Zoo tickets that expire during this period will be honored through the end of 2020. 

For Zoo Society Members:
Our members enjoy their outings to the Zoo, and we love to see them visit. We recognize this closing is an inconvenience for them. To compensate for the suspension of services, the Zoo Society will add 30 days to the expiration date of memberships that are set to expire before April 17.  If the Zoo has not resumed public operations by April 17, the Zoo Society will update its plans for compensating affected members.

Our Animals and Staff
The care of our animals by our dedicated zookeepers and highly-trained staff will remain paramount. The Zoo practices safety procedures in accordance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and NC Department of Health and Human Services. Our animal care staff always adhere to safety standards, such as using proper personal protective equipment (PPE's) as set forth by these agencies when working closely with the animals in our care. Here are some procedures we have implemented:

  • More frequent and rigorous cleaning and sanitizing of all areas
  • All business-related travel for our staff has been cancelled
  • Upcoming public programs and events have been cancelled 

More Information
For the most up to date information on COVID-19, people should visit reliable sources such as the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services and the CDC and read more about North Carolina's response to the coronavirus: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina