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Become (or Stay) a Member and Visit the Zoo Free for a Year or More!

Join the North Carolina Zoo Society Online and Use Your Email Receipt as Proof of Membership Until Your Card Arrives!

If you buy your membership in our web store, it will automatically email a receipt to confirm your purchase. You can use this receipt to enter the North Carolina Zoo as a member while you are waiting for your membership card to arrive in the mail. If you purchase your membership from our online store and you do not receive an email receipt, check your spam or junk folder, it may have landed there. If the receipt is not in your spam folder, you can email Jparker@nczoo.com to ask her to resend a copy of the email receipt you should have received from your online purchase.

If you purchased your membership over the phone, by mail, or during a zoo visit, you must call the Zoo Society office to ask for a receipt. The phone number is 336-879-7250. The Society office is open Monday - Friday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m) excluding major holidays.

Membership Notes

  • One-year memberships extend over 12 months.
  • Two-year memberships extend over 24 months.
  • Members enjoy an automatic discount on VIP Tours and Zoo Society Veterinary and Animal Science camps.
  • Members enjoy free or reduced admission to some 150 zoos and aquariums across North America*.
  • Two picnic decks - one behind the Leopard Spot, and the other behind the Stedman Education Building - are available for the exclusive use of members. (Coolers, picnic foods, and similar items cannot be taken into the Park.)
  • Members may update their mailing address using the online Membership Address Change form.
What to Expect:
The Zoo Society will mail a membership card to you once your order is processed. The card should arrive within 20 days after you make your purchase. Put it in a safe place, you will need it to visit a reciprocating zoo or aquarium. Please call us (336.879.7250) to alert us if your card has not arrived within three weeks.

A 20 percent discount is available to people 62 years old or older.

To receive this discount, call the Zoo Society (336-879-7250) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Senior discounts are not available on the Web and may not be combined with other discounts.

Do you work for one of the Zoo Society's Corporate Members?

If so, you can receive a 25 percent discount on a membership purchase. Click here to see a list of our Corporate Members. Click here to use your employer's discount code to receive your discount.

Choose Your One- Or Two-Year Membership!

* Many institutions limit the number of free and discounted admissions allowed on a reciprocating facility's membership cards. Usually, this limit admits only two adults and two children on a family or higher membership level. "Plus" and "add-on" membership options that let you bring a guest or guests into the NC Zoo free are not honored by our reciprocating partners. The Zoo Society's Corporate Members are not granted free admission at reciprocating facilities.

Membership does not provide free admission to special activities, such as the carousel, the Giraffe Feeding Deck, or other experiences that charge a fee inside the NC Zoo.

  • Grandparent Membership
    $109
    Price Starts At
    Includes all Membership Benefits for two adults living in the same household and for their grandchildren under 18 years old. Select a "Grandparent-Plus" membership to add one free guest per visit*.
  • Zookeeper Membership
    $200
    Price Starts At
    Includes all Family Membership benefits described above, plus free admission for two guests per visit* and a NC Zoo Society license plate.
  • Curator Membership
    $300
    Price Starts At
    Includes all Zookeeper benefits plus admission for one additional guest per visit*.

Individual Membership

Prices start at $59 (one-year)/$108 (two-year)

Includes all Membership Benefits for one person.

Companion Membership

Prices start at $79 (one-year)/$148 (two-year)

Includes all Membership Benefits for one person and one guest per visit*, OR for two named adults in the same household.

Family Membership

Prices start at $84 (one-year)/$158 (two-year)

Includes all Membership Benefits for two adults living in the same household and for their children under 18 years old. Select a "Family-Plus" membership to add one free guest per visit*.

Grandparent Membership

Prices start at $84 (one-year)/$158 (two-year)

Includes all Membership Benefits for two adults living in the same household and for their grandchildren under 18 years old. Select a "Grandparent-Plus" membership to add one free guest per visit*.

Zookeeper Membership

Prices start at $175 (one-year)/$340 (two-year)

Includes all Family Membership benefits described above, plus free admission for two guests per visit* and a NC Zoo Society license plate.

Curator Membership

Prices start at $300 (one-year)/$590 (two-year)

Includes all Zookeeper Membership benefits plus admission for one additional guest per visit*.