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Press Releases

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Visit North Carolina Zoo During 2022 Tour

Asheboro, N.C., Nov. 7, 2022 - The “People’s Tree” will spread holiday joy on the journey from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., with a stop at the North Carolina Zoo on Nov. 10.

North Carolina Zoo Offers Military Appreciation Week

In honor of Veterans Day, the North Carolina Zoo is offering free admission for military personnel and retirees and free admission for one accompanying guest during Military Appreciation week, Nov. 7 – 13, 2022.

North Carolina Zoo Loses Rhino Olivia, One of Its Most Elderly Residents

ASHEBORO, N.C. – Sept. 16, 2022  The female rhino lived at the Zoo for more than 30 years and served as a Great Auntie figure to the younger rhinos

North Carolina Zoo Breaks Ground on Asia Expansion

August 17, 2022 - The North Carolina Zoo held an official groundbreaking for its 10-acre Asia Expansion. Expected opening date is 2026. 

North Carolina Zoo announces death of 'fiercely devoted' elderly lion Reilly

The North Carolina Zoo sadly announces the death of Reilly, a 23-year-old African lion, the oldest male lion in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited institution.


North Carolina Zoo Announces Record-Breaking Attendance of 1 Million Visitors

Asheboro, July 22, 2022 -The North Carolina Zoo is excited to announce it broke its all-time attendance record by welcoming 1 million visitors in the 2021-2022 fiscal year ending June 30.

Take a Hike! National Trails Day at North Carolina Zoo - June 4, 2022

Asheboro, N.C. – June 1, 2022, North Carolina Zoo Celebrates National Trails Day with Ribbon-Cutting of Completed Purgatory Trail Network

North Carolina Zoo Mourning Death of Chimp Nori

The quirky and full of sass chimp  captured hears and had many challenges through her short life 

Asheboro, N.C. — May 04, 2022 - The North Carolina Zoo sadly announces the death of Nori, an 11-year-old member of the chimpanzee troop who was euthanized on Monday after a period of declining health.

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