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Animal Habitats

Animal Habitats

Asia Expansion Forecourt Rendering
A New Zoo Experience Coming Soon!

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, king cobras, white-cheeked gibbons, and many more exciting additions!

North America

The year 1994 was memorable at the Zoo as it’s when the North America region opened and when three polar bear siblings arrived, creating a statewide buzz. Our current polar bear stars are joined by black bears, red wolves and hundreds of other animals in this diverse region.


Ground was first broken for the Africa region in the spring of 1976, and the grand opening of the original five habitats took place in the summer of 1980. Today, it’s home to a multitude of habitats, including those showcasing chimpanzees, giraffes, gorillas, zebras and, of course, elephants.