The Zoo is preparing to dish some dirt this fall as it pushes forward in its quest to add an Asian and, later, an Australian continental region to the Park. When the leaves begin to change color, expect to see backhoes and other heavy machinery rolling into the Zoo to begin excavating and laying the groundwork for Asia. When this work ends, guests will encounter Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Gibbons, and other exotic wildlife residing in spacious natural habitats. And, that is not all. As the Asian habitats take shape, staff will engage in planning the next big thing—adding an Australian region to the Park. Taken together, these two additions represent the most significant expansion undertaken during the Zoo’s history.

With financial support from the State of North Carolina and from a growing list of individuals, corporations, and foundations, the Zoo is will on its way to securing the funds it needs to complete Asia and move forward in planning for Australia. We hope you see the joy and educational opportunities these additions will bring to North Carolina families and school children and that you will add your name to the list of donors helping us reach this goal. Every gift will advance the Zoo’s missions to teach and inspire guests to learn about wildlife and become advocates for protecting animals around the world.