Bringing People and Nature Together
The North Carolina Zoo, located in the center of the NC Triad, is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world, so the more than 1800 animals that call the NC Zoo home have plenty of room to roam. Nestled on 2600 wooded acres, the NC Zoo specializes in providing encounters with wild animals living in natural settings.
The Zoo also offers a variety of nature-based educational programs and camps. The North Carolina Zoo protects wildlife and wild places and inspires people to join us in conserving the natural world.
The animals live in habitats representing two regions—Africa and North America—plus a global Desert. Currently, the Zoo is home to one of the largest chimpanzee troops of any zoo in America and the most extensive collection of Alaskan seabirds in the country. The Zoo is also one of only a few AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) in the US with a breeding pair of polar bears – part of the Species Survival Plan. Go behind the scenes and up close and personal with some of the Zoo's most famous animals. Unique experiences allow guests to feed giraffes and elephants, engage with chimps, and pet a rhino.
Explore the various interactive wildlife centers exist across the Triad. These exhibits offer hands-on animal learning exhibits, educational classes for all ages, pollinator gardens, and gathering places encouraging people to connect with nature. Special programs include building nesting boxes for bluebirds, promoting the NC Butterfly Highway, and maintaining honeybee hives in urban areas across the region.
Use our Trip Builder tool to add a wildlife viewing experience to your next NC Triad adventure.