The Aviary habitat is permanently closed. Built in the early 1980s, the 40-year-old domed structure requires significant repairs due to the effects of high humidity and wet conditions. The difficult decision to close and take down the habitat has been made by Zoo leadership and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Baboon Habitat Renovations
The baboon habitat is getting a facelift! It's time to say "goodbye" to the Pavilion and "hello" to some great new features for these amazing animals. While we make these improvements, our baboons will be off habitat until construction is complete.
We are excited to welcome you to the Zoo! The North Carolina Zoo serves and welcomes everyone, and it is our promise to value equity, respect, inclusivity, and kindness. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate on the day of your visit.
Getting to the Park
Located seven miles south of Asheboro in the heart of North Carolina and open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, the Zoo is easily driveable from many areas of the state.
Address & Directions
The North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy
Approx. 105 mins
From Greensboro / Winston-Salem:
Approx. 45 mins
Approx. 90 mins
Have questions about your upcoming visit?
General Admission daily tickets are available for purchase online or at the gate on the day of your visit. We do not offer rain checks, refunds or exchanges for weather or animal visibility. We are not offering discounts or accepting any coupons. We appreciate your understanding.
The Zoo offers general admission tickets for adults $15 (13-61), seniors $13 (62+) and children $11 (2-12). Children under the age of 2 are free.
Parking & Zoo Entrances
The North America Parking Lot and Entrance is open year-round.
The Africa Parking Lot and Entrance are only open April - October.
The entire Zoo is accessible from both entrances.
View Current Zoo Map for reference.
Getting Around the Zoo
Just a reminder… this is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo. With roughly 5 miles of walking trails to navigate, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. Animals are only visible from the walking paths.
Tram Service is available daily between the North America Entrance, Junction Plaza (the center of the Zoo) and Africa Entrance. Parking Lot shuttles with transportation between the North America and Africa parking lots is available on April - October starting at 11am daily.
Single and Double Strollers as well as Manual Wheelchairs and Electric Convenience vehicles (ECVs) are available for rent from the Gift Shop at the entrance.
Golf Cart Tours of the Zoo and Behind the Scenes Experiences are available by reservation only.
Notice of Photography and Filming
On occasion the Zoo or production companies authorized by the Zoo will photograph or video Zoo guests for the Zoo’s educational or promotional use or for use in programming about the Zoo. Guest entry into the Zoo grants the Zoo and authorized production companies permission to use these images for these uses throughout the world in all media in perpetuity.