North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo is a destination for all ages in 2020. Experience the world’s largest natural habitat zoo in Asheboro, N.C. When you visit the Zoo, the wild is closer than you think right in the heart of North Carolina.

At the North Carolina Zoo, we seek to inspire a lifelong curiosity about wildlife and a passion for protecting it. The Zoo and its dedicated staff of experts provide expansive spaces and world-class care for the more than 1,800 animals here, giving our guests the chance to witness the majesty of the wild. At the same time, conservation is at the heart of everything that we do. Our animal experts work around the world, ensuring the protection of the world’s most amazing creatures and the places they call home.

On five miles of walking trails, you’ll discover animals living on habitats representing two regions of the world—Africa and North America. In Africa, find rhinos, elephants, gazelles, ostriches, and exotic hoofstock on the 40-acre Watani Grasslands where you can hop aboard the Zoofari bus for an open-air tour bringing you close to the animals.

In North America, discover animals from America’s great plains up to the far reaches of the Arctic Circle. Discover polar bears, arctic foxes, sea lions, and puffins then travel south to America and the majesty of bison, grizzly bears, and the world’s most endangered canid – the American red wolf. 

The Zoo also has two domed indoor habitats: the global Desert and a tropical, free flight Aviary. The global desert has animals representing arid lands from around the world, and the Aviary has exotic birds that you, undoubtedly, have never experienced before. 

Everyone of all ages can enjoy seasonal activities such as hiking, taking a spin on a gorgeous endangered species carousel, the Air Hike Ropes Course or Treehouse Trek for the smaller tikes, and get face-to-face with the giraffes at the Acacia Giraffe Deck.  Discover exotic and native butterflies at the Zoo’s walk-through butterfly garden habitat. Kids can learn about the Zoo’s ambassador animals, splash in a creek or make mud pies at the Kidzone play area.

As the world’s largest natural habitat zoo, no one does BIG better than the North Carolina Zoo! Centrally located in North Carolina, the Zoo is easily accessible from major cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro. Our highly trained guest services team is dedicated to making your visit memorable. When you visit the North Carolina Zoo, the wild is closer than you think!