What We Do

Supporting the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina ZooSociety is a private, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that supports the conservation, education, research, and recreation missions of the North Carolina Zoo. The Society funds Zoo programs that conserve wildlife, protect wild environments, conduct research, and offer recreational experiences that strengthen the bonds between people and animals. The Society also funds Zoo programs that protect the well-being of animals that live in zoos or in the wild.

With a membership that serves more than 31,000 households, the Zoo Society represents a statewide community of people who are committed to wildlife and to the well-being of nature.

What We Do For You

Along with offering free admission to the Zoo and access to special programs and educational opportunities, the North Carolina Zoo Society provides a venue for its members to join with the Zoo in its efforts to protect wildlife and conserve nature. Our members are partners in Zoo programs that advance:

  • Animal Well-being
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Field Work
  • Research

What We Fund

We support many of the Zoo’s most culturally and educationally relevant programs! Our primary role is to support conservation, education, research and recreational programs that fall outside of the budgetary capacity of the State of North Carolina—for example, funding for unanticipated maintenance, exceptional visitor services, and other operational and capital development needs.

The Zoo Society’s generous donors and loyal members empower the Zoo to do more than exhibit animals well. Gifts from the Zoo Society position the North Carolina Zoo to contribute nationally and internationally to wildlife conservation and research, to advance standards and practices that promote the well-being of animals in zoos and in the wild, and to inspire people everywhere to respect, explore, care about and connect with nature.

For information on supporting the Zoo's programs, please see the Support the Zoo page.