• Streamside Renovation Notice

    North America’s Streamside exhibit is currently undergoing a renovation.  The building is accessible during renovation but some of the animals may not be visible. 

  • Zoofari Offerings Added for Spring Break

    Additional Zoofari Tours will be offered Mon April 15, Tue April 16, Mon April 22 and Tue April 23. Tickets will be available for rides at 10am, 11am and 12pm each day.  Don't miss out on this additional chance to experience this adventure.

  • Giraffe are currently off of their habitat.

     Zebra and Ostrich are still out and visible.

More than 1,800 animals call the North Carolina Zoo home. The animals live in habitats representing two regions—Africa and North America—plus a global Desert and a tropical, free-flight Aviary. As the world's largest natural habitat zoo, the animals at the North Carolina Zoo have plenty of room to roam. 

North America

The year 1994 was memorable at the Zoo as it’s when the North America region opened and when three polar bear siblings arrived, creating a statewide buzz. Nikita and Anana are our current polar bear stars and are joined by black bears, grizzly bears, red wolves and hundreds of other animals in this diverse region.


Ground was first broken for the Africa region in the spring of 1976, and the grand opening of the original five habitats took place in the summer of 1980. Today, it’s home to a multitude of habitats, including those showcasing chimpanzees, giraffes, gorillas, zebras and, of course, elephants.


More than 100 exotic birds—representing 36 species—and more than 3,000 gorgeous tropical plants live and thrive in our walk-through aviary.