Event Dates

Pumpkin Palooza at the North Carolina Zoo, Oct 14 & 15, 2023 

A Smashing Good Time!

Pumpkin Palooza is a fall tradition at the North Carolina Zoo where animals get tasty pumpkins for enrichment. Guests can enjoy watching the animals from around the Zoo pound, stomp, crush, and eat pumpkins.

Pumpkin Palooza is included with general admission and will be held October 14-15, 2023. Check the website in October for habitat locations and pumpkin feeding times.

Saturday 10/14:

10:00 Black bears

11:00 Grizzly bear

11:30 Gorillas

1:30 Red River Hogs

2:00 Baboons

2:00 Otters

3:00 Watani Grasslands

Sunday 10/15:

10:00 Cougar

10:00 Elephant (South)

11:00 Prairie habitat animals

11:00 Ocelot & Sand cat

1:30 Arctic Foxes & Polar Bear

2:30 Lemurs

3:00 Chimpanzees