North Carolina Zoo

North Carolina Zoo

Located just south of Asheboro, the North Carolina Zoo is seated on a 2,200-acre tract of land in the Uwharrie Mountains. Approximately 500 acres of this property have been developed into the largest “natural habitat” zoo in the United States. You won’t find cages made of steel and concrete here. Our animals are given enclosures that mimic their natural habitats to include trees, ponds, rocks, grass and dirt. 
The North Carolina Zoo grew from an idea initiated by the Raleigh Jaycees in 1967. Through a series of fund-raising events–including at least one professional football game-the site was selected and secured to be close to the center of the state. We are 75 miles west of Raleigh, 25 miles south of Greensboro and 75 miles northeast of Charlotte.
The first habitats opened in 1974 as a temporary facility while the permanent Zoo was being built. Our first permanent habitat was the “Forest Edge”, home to Zebra, Ostrich and Giraffe. This opened in 1979, and exists today much as it did in the late 1970’s.
Asheboro, North Carolina


2,200 acres

North Carolina Zoo Target Species


Roger Sweeney
General Curator

Roger Sweeney is the General Curator at the North Carolina Zoo. Roger also serves as a Director on the C2S2 Board of Directors.

Patricia Simmons

Patricia Simmons is the Director of the North Carolina Zoo. Patricia also serves as an Observer on the C2S2 Board of Directors.

JB Minter, DVM.
Chief Veterinarian

JB Minter is the Chief Veterinarian at the North Carolina Zoo. JB also serves as an Observer on the C2S2 Board of Directors.

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