The Africa parking lot and entrance is now closed for the season. All parking and Zoo access is through our North America entrance until April 2023.
Our mission is to protect wildlife and wild places. Help support the North Carolina Zoo by buying a membership or planning a visit.
Your donation helps support our fieldwork to save animals from extinction. Our researchers and scientists work in over 10 countries around the globe. Help make a difference for wildlife!
Join our wild family and become a member today! Not only does your membership help support our wildlife and education programs both here in North Carolina and abroad, but you can visit the Zoo all year long. Learn more about the incredible benefits of being a member at the North Carolina Zoo.
Now's the perfect time to plan a cool trip to the North Carolina Zoo with your family. Winter is a great time to see iconic North American animals—polar bears, arctic foxes, bison, wolves, and elk to name a few. Bundle up and enjoy getting outside in nature for a walk in the world's largest natural habitat zoo. We'll have plenty of hot chocolate and cider for you to enjoy!
Plan a weekend trip to the Heart of North Carolina this winter for outdoor adventure. Enjoy hiking trails, take in some unique shopping in downtown Asheboro or shop for world-famous pottery in Seagrove. Extend your Zoo visit by staying overnight and enjoying this family-friendly area!