ASHEBORO, NC - The North Carolina Zoo will host a “Claws and Jaws” celebration this Saturday, August 5. Sink your teeth into this gripping special event that will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature educational facts, keeper talks and all sorts of fun for the entire family.

Learn why lions are such great hunters while you watch our lions tackle a paper mache prey animal at 1:30 pm. Kids can get a special temporary tattoo and can check out the cool biofact table at the Lion overlook.

Cypress Swamp will feature a craft activity, temporary tattoos, stickers, and bio facts.  Guests can witness the powerful jaws of the alligator with a feeding at 10:30 a.m. and see how cougars would pounce in the wild with enrichment prey at 11:30 a.m.

Guests strolling through the Streamside habitat will have the opportunity to see otters being fed and learn about what they eat with a keeper talk at 11 a.m.  There will also be a craft activity and biofacts for further education and fun.

Discover the power of the chomp this weekend—only at the North Carolina Zoo!


About the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo provides an experience like no other zoo anywhere. With five miles of exhibits, nearly 1,600 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; watch polar bears Nikita and Anana take polar plunges every day at their Rocky Coast Exhibit; or join in the fun at the mud café in the Kidzone.

Located in the center of the state in Asheboro, it is convenient to visit from anywhere in North Carolina and surrounding states. The North Carolina Zoo welcomes over 850,000 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. 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