Shadow a Desert Keeper

Team up with a Desert Zookeeper to spend the morning searching for tortoises and lizards inside the Zoo’s Magum Desert. As a shadow keeper, you will learn some of the ins and outs of caring for wildlife in this warm, sandy habitat. You may even have a chance to help care for some of these animals.
This Shadow a Desert Keeper experience will last about three hours and will primarily focus on the needs of amphibians and reptiles. However, there may be an opportunity to participate in or watch an enrichment activity associated with one of the mammals.
  • Hours: This Shadow a Vet experience begins at 8 a.m. and ends around 11 a.m. on a date agreed upon by the shadowing keeper and the Zoo’s keeper staff. This private experience can be set up for any day of the week, but we need at least two weeks’ notice to schedule a date with the zookeepers.
  • Cost: For Zoo Society members, $350; for non-members, $375. A second or third shadow keeper participant may join the group for $150 each.
  • Restrictions: The minimum age to participate is 12. A paying adult must accompany children 12 through 15 years old.
  • Purchase your Shadow a Desert Keeper Experience by clicking here.
  • India Wildlife Safari
    (Double-occupancy; does NOT include international air Ecoquest will provide free assistance in booking flights.)
    A Journey into the Land of the Tiger
    March 23 - April 8, 2020
    The North Carolina Zoo Society is proud to partner with EcoQuest Travel to offer an incredible journey to sample the extraordinary cultural and biological biodiversity found in the remarkable subcontinent of India. The Land of Kipling is rich in history, flush with color and full of exotic sights and smells. Remarkable architecture, bustling markets, and ancient temples grace India’s cities and its incredible cuisine is found everywhere. Tucked away within India’s vast national parks are a spectacular variety of animals including more large mammals than are found anywhere else outside of Africa. We will begin in Delhi before traveling to Agra for the magnificence of the Taj Mahal. From there we will travel south to explore Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks – two of the best places on earth to see Tigers in the wild! Our trip concludes in Kaziranga National Park in Assam where we will search for Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Wild Water Buffalo, Asian Elephants and Barasingha (Swamp Deer). EcoQuest Travel and the North Carolina Zoo Society invite you to join us on our wildlife safari to India. Come explore the national parks, cultural sites, and majesty that is the Indian subcontinent – land of the Tiger.
    Download a detailed itinerary of the India Itinerary here India Wildlife Safari - 2020
    Please contact Jayne Parker (336.879.7273) for reservation information.
  • Wild Alaska
    (Double-occupancy; does NOT include international airfare.)
    Alaska Wild
    August 27 - September 5, 2020
    An amazing journey to Alaska, the wildest of wild America, land of the midnight sun with Zoo Director Emeritus David Jones and his wife Janet. Scheduled to align with autumnal changes in Denali and the grizzly bears' pre-winter gorging on migrating salmon.

    The trip explores the beautiful Kenai Peninsula in search of terrestrial and marine wildlife; flies to a remote part of Denali National Park ,a hundred miles from the crowded main entrance to watch grizzlies hunting and waiting for leaping salmon. The journey will highlight both the interior and the coastline of this remarkable part of our country.

    Expect to see Brown (Grizzly) and Black Bears, Caribou, Moose and—with luck—wolves on land and whales, porpoises, otters and sea lions in the water. These and an array of birds and wild flowers specifically adapted to flourish in the short northern summer. Only a few openings remain in the August 27 through September 5th trip. .

    Download a detailed description of the trip here: Alaska Please contact Jayne Parker (336.879.7273) for reservation information.