Komodo dragon with tongue out

The North Carolina Zoo is thrilled to announce the new 10-acre Asia Continent is now in construction and planning to open in 2026. Asia will highlight iconic species such as tigers, Komodo dragons, Visayan warty pigs, Asian small-clawed otters, red-crowned cranes, wrinkled hornbills, king cobras, white-cheeked gibbons, and many more exciting additions!

Fun fact: It will include a 300-seat indoor Café overlooking the tiger's habitat and an overhead tiger walk.  


Asia is estimated to open in 2026.

Planned species: tigers, white-cheeked gibbons, Komodo dragons, Chinese alligators, king cobras, wrinkled hornbills, red-crowned cranes, Asian small-clawed otters, cinereous vultures, Visayan warty pigs, and Chinese giant salamanders. Check back for any additional species added while we build.

Yes, Asia will have a 300-seat indoor Café overlooking the tiger's habitat and a gift shop. 

No, it will be included in your admission price

As an Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo, our animals come from other AZA institutions.  

Through a combination of state funds and private donors.


Donate to the North Carolina Zoo Society to help the Zoo build the Asia continent.