Help us make lessons in kindness a staple of the Zoo's education programs!

The Zoo wants to add a Human CertifiedĀ® Touch Tank to the Park. The new habitat will put children and adults in touch with two species of rays (Stingrays and Cownosed Rays) as a way to incorporate lessons about Ocean ecology and wildlife diversity into its education programs.
The touch tank will meet or exceed the animal welfare standards required for AZA accreditation and will provide a setting that encourages children and adults to touch and bond with unfamiliar species. Educators will always be on-hand to instruct guests on proper and respectful ways to interact with the rays and to talk about their needs and behaviors.
The habitat will open each spring and close each autumn so that the rays can overwinter in a warm and roomy aquarium managed by Living Exhibits in Florida. Living Exhibits will build, oversee, and manage this habitat to ensure the health and well-being of these animals.
We hope that you are as excited as we are about adding this touching new habitat to the Zoo. It will allow the Zoo to begin teaching about marine animals in a setting designed to promote empathy and compassion toward these strange and wonderful creatures!

Thank you for helping the Zoo add kindness to the list of lessons it offers to our guests!Ā  Donors Giving $200 or more will receive 5 tickets to visit Stringray Cove and will also be invited to a private, premier opening of the new habitat.

To make your donation, select a preset amount from below on the left or fill in the amount you want to give inside the space next to "Support the NC Zoo Society" on the right.

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