ASHEBORO, N.C. – Spread your wings and soar to the North Carolina Zoo to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend May 7th and 8th. The annual Birds and Blooms special event is set for Saturday, while the yearly plant sale goes on all weekend.  

Birds and Blooms offers an opportunity for visitors to meet zookeepers and educators who will explain the importance of conserving habitats and bird populations. Guests may also enjoy crafts and bird related games throughout the zoo. 

In honor of Mother’s Day Sunday, visitors are invited to bring their moms to enjoy the more than 500 acres of North American and African animals as well as more than 52,000 plants, many of which are in bloom. Patrons who mention the Zoo’s Mother’s Day coupon at the admissions gate will receive a $2 discount for Mom with one paid general Zoo admission. 

Guests can purchase a piece of the Zoo’s Horticulture collections at a bargain. More than 20 species of plants will be on sale, most costing less than $10. The sale takes place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in the North America and Africa Parking lots. 

About the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo provides an experience like no other zoo anywhere. With five miles of exhibits, nearly 2,000 animals and 52,000 plants it is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world and an international leader in wildlife conservation.

Find yourself surrounded by some of Africa’s giants including elephants, rhinos, and giraffes; share the love of gorillas with Mosuba and his six-member troop; welcome polar bear Nikita as he joins Anana in polar plunges every day at their Rocky Coast Exhibit; or join in the fun at the mud café in the Kidzone.

Located in center of the state in Asheboro, it is convenient to visit from anywhere in North Carolina. The North Carolina Zoo welcomes nearly 750,000 guests each year. Plan your adventure at

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit