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Press Releases

North Carolina Zoo Mourns Loss of Natalie, Rhino with ‘Big Personality’  

Asheboro, N.C.  Jan. 17, 2023 Zookeepers said Natalie, 30, had a personality that matched her big 4,000+ pound size. Southern white rhinos are the second-largest land mammal after elephants

North Carolina Zoo and NC Museum of Natural Sciences project wins Conservation Tech Award

Raleigh, N.C. – Dec. 20, 2022 - MoveApps is a no-code analysis platform for animal tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. The aim is to make sophisticated analytical tools accessible to a larger audience.

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

Asheboro, N.C. – Nov. 1, 2022  - 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 Awarded Top Honors for International Conservation Program UNITE for the Environment

Raleigh, N.C - Sept. 30, 2022  The prestigious William G. Conway award recognizes exceptional efforts toward habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the wild on a global level.

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

Asheboro, N.C. 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

Asheboro, N.C. – August 3, 2022  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.


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