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Press Releases

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Trevor Griffis

Canine Champions for Conservation Program Returns to North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo is now hosting the Canine Champions for Conservation program for a second season! Stop by the Zoo to catch this high-energy act featuring rescue dogs executing awe-inspiring stunts and agility challenges to support the Zoo’s global conservation efforts.
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The North Carolina Zoo recently welcomed Maria Ines Perez, who became the 30 millionth guest since the site opened to the public in August 1974.

North Carolina Zoo Welcomes 30 Millionth Guest

The North Carolina Zoo recently welcomed Maria Ines Perez, who became the 30 millionth guest since the site opened to the public in August 1974.
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 A hiker standing next to an enormous rock on the ridgeline of Ridge's Mountain.

North Carolina Zoo to Celebrate National Trails Day at Ridge’s Mountain

The North Carolina Zoo celebrates National Trails Day on June 1, 2024 by inviting guests to hike the Ridge's Mountain Trail.
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Guests arriving at Zoo Africa Entrance

North Carolina Zoo Celebrates Record Attendance Milestone

The North Carolina Zoo, nestled in the heart of North Carolina, is world-renowned as an oasis for families, nature enthusiasts, and conservation advocates alike. With its diverse array of animal habitats, interactive programs, and immersive naturalistic design, the Zoo captivates audiences from all walks of life, as evidenced by the Zoo’s latest milestone: exceeding one million guests in a calendar year.
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Ridges Mountain Nature Preserve was established in 2000 when the original property was protected in partnership with the Piedmont Land Conservancy.

North Carolina Zoo Adds More Wildlife Conservation Lands

The world's largest natural habitat zoo just got larger! The North Carolina Zoo expanded its lands for local wildlife conservation by adding 139 acres to Ridges Mountain Nature Preserve, bringing the total acreage the North Carolina Zoo oversees to 2,805, which includes the 512 developed acres of the North Carolina Zoo’s animal habitats and infrastructure.
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giraffe calf Fenn standing on habitat

North Carolina Zoo Mourns Tragic Loss of Giraffe Calf

North Carolina Zoo mourns death of giraffe calf Fenn who passed on December 23, 2023.
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NC Zoo Tiger Walk Planned for Asia

The North Carolina Zoo Announces Call for Artists: Artwork for New Asia Region

The North Carolina Zoo and North Carolina Zoo Society announce a new Public Art opportunity for artists and artist teams to design art for the new continent of Asia.
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Polar Bear Payton

North Carolina Zoo mourns the loss of polar bear Payton

The North Carolina Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the loss of male polar bear Payton on Oct. 25.
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Two Chilean flamingos

The North Carolina Zoo to bid farewell to its flamingos

The North Carolina Zoo will relocate its flock of 15 Chilean Flamingos to the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina in late September
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