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About the Zoo
Wild at Heart

About the Zoo

Saving wildlife and wild places
Wildlife Conservation is at the Heart of Everything We Do

From critically endangered vultures and gorillas in Africa to rare native plants and amphibians in our state, the North Carolina Zoo has been a leader in wildlife conservation for more than two decades. 

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Red Wolf

Canis rufus

Red Wolf
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Getting Around the Zoo

Just a reminder… this is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo. It's a really big place! With roughly five miles of walking trails to navigate, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.  Animals are visible primarily from the walking paths.

Tram Service is available daily between the North America Entrance, Junction Plaza (the center of the Zoo), and Africa Entrance.  Parking Lot shuttles with transportation between the North America and Africa parking lots are available April - October starting at 11 am daily.

Be a Wildlife HERO!
Join the Zoo Today and Become a Member

When you join online, you become an instant North Carolina Zoo Society member! Your membership grants you and your family so many benefits from reciprocal membership to unlimited admission to the North Carolina Zoo for a year. 

Notice of Photography and Filming
Zoo Guidelines

On occasion, the Zoo, or production companies authorized by the Zoo, will photograph or video guests at the Zoo for educational or promotional use or use in programming about the Zoo. Guest entry into the Zoo grants the Zoo and authorized production companies permission to use these images for these uses throughout the world in all media in perpetuity.

Press Releases

The North Carolina Zoo values its relationships with media outlets. If you are a reporter and would like to arrange an interview, get more information on the Zoo’s animals and conservation science research, or would like to be added to the media list to receive media alerts and press releases, please contact or call 800.488.0444 and ask for the Communications section.

Cougar perched on a branch.
Senior Leadership
Patricia Simmons, Director & CEO

The Zoo's Senior Staff team comprises a core group of professionals focusing on the Zoo's mission and pillars. The pillars of the Zoo are Animal Care and Wellness, Wildlife Conservation, Guest Experience, Education, and Team Engagement.

Pat Simmons