The North Carolina Zoo is temporarily suspending operations
effective March 17 until further notice. More information.
Insect populations are declining across the world. One iconic species that have suffered steep declines in recent decades is the monarch butterfly. One of the reasons for these declines is a lack of food and shelter during their annual journey between the northern United States and Mexico. To support migratory monarchs during their annual migration, the North Carolina Zoo has set up several Monarch Waystations. The Zoo’s Waystations were carefully planned to support the monarchs through all their life stages. The Zoo is currently experimenting with different plant mixes to better understand which plants are most liked by the monarchs, as well as other pollinating insects visiting the Zoo grounds. You can read more about the Zoo’s work on wild pollinators below, under related resources.
The honey bee hive allows guests to observe a bee hive and learn about their behaviors while seeing them in a safe, natural setting. The bees use native plants throughout the Zoo to gather nectar and pollen. The Zoo has also planted some bee-friendly plants in the area.