This holiday season, give the gift of a unique experience that will create memories to last a lifetime or find the perfect gift for someone on your list. The North Carolina Zoo has something to offer every animal lover on your list young and old. This year we have a variety of virtual experiences for those staying safe at home. In-person experiences for those ready to get outdoors and explore in a safe environment. Or that more traditional gift that gives both to the person on your list and to the Zoo. Explore all the option below.

Virtual Experience Gift Options

Virtual sand tiger

Creature Connections

Consider giving a child in your life the gift that keeps giving all school year long. Each month (second Thursday) join the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the North Carolina Zoo for an afterschool animal adventure that stretches across the state from land to sea! Spend an afterschool hour of fun and learning with a wild crew of zoo and aquarium educators! Each program is $10 per participant or get a school year subscription of at least 7 programs for a 10% discount.


Virtual classroom from polar bear under water viewing

Holiday Break Camps

Give a child in your life the gift of a virtual adventure this holiday season by signing them up for one of our Holiday Break Camps.This year kids will discover how Animals in Winter have adapted to survive the cold. Activities can include: visiting park habitats, meeting a zookeeper, creating a craft, and other fun activities. Camps are December 29th - 31st and are three hours in length per day 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. for 1st through 3rd grade and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. for 4th through 6th grade. Each camp is $30 or $80 for all three days.



Animal encounter during Zoom meeting

Species Spotlight

Do you want to liven up your next holiday party, classroom celebration, or company event? Species Spotlight is the perfect way to take things to the next level. As part of your next family gathering meet one of our Animal Ambassadors up-close and virtually. Or spice up your next business meeting or event by visiting one of our animal habitats virtually! Species Spotlight can be tailored to any audience. This also makes a great gift for any animal lover on your list!


In-Person Experiences at the Zoo

Guests at polar bear underwater viewing


Give an individual or family the gift that keeps giving all year long, a membership to the North Carolina Zoo Society. Membership benefits include free admission for a year to the North Carolina Zoo, a subscription to Alive magazine, access to Zoo Society's members-only picnic areas to name a few. Memberships start at $59 for an individual or $84 for a family.


Holiday gift of a Ride and a Guide tour


This holiday season give the gift of a private tour of the Zoo with a professional guide! The North Carolina Zoo Society offers "Ride-and-a-Guide" programs for small groups wishing to visit the Zoo in the company of a Society professional. We are happy to announce new winter-themed tours this year! Zoo Society members receive a $50 discount on all tours. Ride-and-a-Guide tours must be booked in advance.


Campsite ambassador animal

Snorin' Safari

Give a gift for the entire family, a night at the North Carolina Zoo. Have you ever wondered what the North Carolina Zoo is like after hours? Come spend the night with us camping and find out. Participate in live animal encounters and fun night time activities. Dinner, a snack and breakfast are included in this experience. Give the gift of an adventure that everyone will love. Programs start in March. $50 for adults and $40 for children 6-12. 


Traditional Holiday Gifts

Grizzly bear face

 Holiday Adopt "Jingle Bear Rock"

Adopt “Jingle Bear Rock” this holiday season and become the proud parent of a Zoo Grizzly Bear. The $50 adoption package includes a plush grizzly bear, a personalized adoption certificate, and a fact sheet on Grizzly Bears. We can also include a personal message from you with the package. Holiday adoptions will be mailed on December 15.


Earth Explorer Gift Shop Holiday Display

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Are you looking for a unique gift for a special person? We have you covered! Check out our wild selection of animal themed gifts and sustainably sourced products.