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The Zoo has resumed its normal winter operating hours. Gates open to admit guests daily at 9 a.m. (except for inclement weather) and the entry gates close at 3 p.m. The Zoo closes to guests at 4 p.m.  Summer operating hours will go into effect at the end of March.


COVID Protocols Currently in Place

Following the governor’s Executive Order 224, Zoo staff and volunteers are wearing masks in indoor settings.
To protect the Zoo's staff and animals, we ask unvaccinated guests to wear masks and encourage all guests, vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors. For the latest news concerning COVID restrictions, please visit the North Carolina Zoo's website at https://www.nczoo.org .

From November until the end of March,
the Zoo begins selling tickets and admitting guests at 9 a.m. daily
(except for Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays and inclement weather).
Guests are not admitted to the Zoo after 3 p.m., and the Zoo closes at 4 p.m.


NC Zoo Society News & Events

Amazon Wish List

Amazon WishList!

The North Carolina Zoo's animal keepers have compiled a wishlist of interesting objects that will engage, surprise, and delight animals living at the Zoo. Read More


If you are a Corporate Member of the Zoo Society, you can use your Corporate Membership Card or your Corporate Membership Tickets to enter the Zoo free, too.

Click on the bar below to find instructions for using your VIP Corporate Membership Card or your Corporate Tickets to gain free admission to the Zoo.