ASHEBORO, NC – The North Carolina Zoo will host a “Claws and Jaws” celebration this Saturday, August 6. The special event will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature entertainment, keeper talks and all sorts of fun for the entire family.

Musician Larry Davis will perform in the North America Plaza from 10 a.m. until noon while Abe Reid will perform from noon until 2 p.m. There will also be face painting in the same venue throughout the event.

The Lion exhibit will feature temporary tattoos and lion biofacts, a lion keeper chat from 1 until 1:30 and a paper mache animal enrichment at 1:30 p.m.

Cypress Swamp will feature crafts, temporary tattoos and biofacts as well as an alligator feeding at 10 a.m. and cougar enrichment at 1:15 p.m.

The Streamside exhibit will have bobcat and otter crafts as well as biofacts with a bobcat enrichment at 10 a.m. and an otter feeding at noon.

The Deserts of the World exhibit will feature biofacts and an ocelot keeper talk at 11 a. m.

The North Carolina Zoo, the home of nearly 2000 animals, cordially invites you to experience an adventure as big as all outdoors this weekend.                                                                                


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; polar bears Nikita and Anana takr polar plunges every day at the 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 North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. 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