North Carolina Zoo Council Meeting May 10, 2023

Asheboro, N.C. –- The North Carolina Zoo Council will hold a meeting on Wed., May 10, from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.  The meeting location is 4401 Zoo Parkway, Africa Entrance, Leopard Spot Member’s Deck (this is an outdoor meeting).

Contact Jennifer Hicks,, or 1-800-488-0444 with any further questions about the Council meeting.

Council Chairman Walker Moffitt will preside. The council is a 15-member board appointed by the governor to oversee the operation and development of the State Zoo. 

The meeting will include updates from Zoo Director Pat Simmons.

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


About the North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world’s largest natural habitat Zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provides exceptional, compassionate care for the more than 1,700 animals and 52,000 plants that call our Park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity. Visit to begin your life-changing journey.


About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency. 

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the N.C. Zoo, the N.C Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit