Welcome to the North Carolina Zoo! We are one of the largest "natural habitat" zoos in the United States! We have over 225 different species of animals on exhibits that total more than 500 acres of land!
Please feel free to browse our companion mobile site to enhance your stay!
The Zoo is open year round except for Christmas Day.
November - March: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
April - October: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
In the event of severe weather, the Zoo's operating hours may change.
Some of the North Carolina Zoo's animals, particularly the African species, are unable to tolerate very cold weather. For this reason, certain animals may not be on exhibit if temperatures or wind-chill factors are below 45 degrees F. Precipitation can also impact animal-exhibit status. If temperatures exceed the 45-degree minimum, affected animals may be placed on exhibit later in the day. Animals in indoor exhibits are not impacted by temperatures and may be enjoyed by visitors year round.