North Carolina Zoo

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10:55 am
Thu March 6, 2014

VIDEO: Cougar Kittens Arrive At NC Zoo

Credit NC Zoo - Still from video

Too cute for words. Kind of hard to imagine them growing into cougars:

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3:21 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

VIDEO: Polar Bear Enjoys A Swim: Finally NC Water Is Just Right Temp

Patches the Polar Bear enjoys space to himself at the NC Zoo. (The zoo is closed 1/29/14.)
Credit North Carolina Zoo via Twitter

The North Carolina Zoo posted a terrific video: the resident polar bear enjoys a paddle.

(The zoo is currently closed due to the cold conditions.)

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Environment
2:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

N.C. Zoo's Baby Gorillas Celebrate First Birthday

Baby gorillas Bomassa (left) and Apollo (far right) with moms Jamani (second from left) and Olympia will both get a first-birthday party at the N.C. Zoo on August 3.
Credit N.C. Zoo photo by Diane Villa

Baby gorillas Bomassa and Apollo, who were born at the North Carolina Zoo, have reached a milestone: their first birthdays. 

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

UPDATE: NC Zoo's Third Baby Gorilla Born In 11 Months Dies

This male baby gorilla was delivered by C-Section at N.C. Zoo Sunday Acacia. A name has not yet been chosen.
Credit Aaron Jesue

UPDATE: The North Carolina Zoo announced on Wednesday that the baby gorilla born to mother Acacia has died. They say that the cause is uncertain, although it is possible that the mother may have accidentally rolled over onto the the infant in her sleep.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Can Zoo Animals Hunt For Easter Eggs?

A chimpanzee eats treats from inside a papier-mâché egg.
Credit Zoo photo by Tom Gillespie

Who says animals can’t participate in an Easter egg hunt? This weekend, while thousands of children across the state hunt for candy-filled Easter eggs, the North Carolina Zoo will give its animals their own egg hunt.

The “Egg-Stravaganza” begins Saturday morning, and it involves zookeepers putting papier-mâché eggs filled with animal treats inside the animals' living spaces. Some of the lucky creatures that will be getting eggs include gorillas, elephants, ocelots, Red River hogs, seals, bears, and a cougar.

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Environment
1:13 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

NC Zoo Helps Launch Anti-Poaching Effort

Rangers display seized ivory tusks in the Nouaba`le – Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo.
Credit Emma Stokes, Wildlife Conservation Society

The North Carolina Zoo has partnered with five other leading conservation organizations from around the world to launch a new software tool aimed at curbing poaching in nature preserves.

The software is called Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool (SMART 1.0), and it is intended to assist park rangers and wildlife managers by helping them measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their anti-poaching efforts. Poaching is a major threat to several endangered species, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles.  Traditional methods of combating poaching are not making a dent in the illegal practice, and there is a growing gap between the sophistication of poachers and the skill level of the law enforcement patrols trying to stop them.  SMART is open-source and free for any organization or individual to download.

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Environment
4:58 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

NC Zoo Expecting Third Baby Gorilla

Acacia is expecting a baby in early summer
Credit Tom Gillespie, N.C. Zoo

    

On Valentine’s Day, the North Carolina Zoo announced that one of its three female gorillas is expecting a baby. If the pregnancy is successful, this will be the third baby gorilla born at the State Zoo in less than a year.  The two other female gorillas both gave birth last August.

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Environment
11:43 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Want Snow? Want Cats? Head To The NC Zoo

A cougar at the North Carolina Zoo explores its habitat after keepers used a snow-making machine to fill the exhibit Tuesday.
Credit Jeff Owen

Keepers  at the North Carolina Zoo used a snow-making machine to fill a cougar's habitat with snow on Tuesday. With temperatures not expected to get out of the 30's, zoo visitors can expect to see the exhibit snow for several days.

Environment
6:15 am
Fri December 2, 2011

NC Zoo Working to Preserve Pine Forest

The non-profit LandTrust of Central North Carolina is teaming up with the North Carolina Zoo to preserve a unique tract of Longleaf Pine Forest. The 113-acre tract in Montgomery County is a rarity for this type of growth in the Piedmont. The land has been preserved by private owners for more than a century. Crystal Cockman is a conversation specialist with LandTrust.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Fri September 9, 2011

NC Zoo Lending a Hand in Tripoli

The North Carolina Zoo is leading an emergency fundraising effort for the Tripoli Zoo in war-torn Libya. Political chaos there has left zoo keepers without money to buy food for the animals, and they have only a week's supply on hand. North Carolina Zoo Director David Jones has led similar international fundraising efforts for zoos in Afghanistan and Iraq. He says he's happy to help Libya's main zoo as well.

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