ASHEBORO, NC – The North Carolina Zoo invites you to celebrate World Oceans Day from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, in the Zoo’s upper Polar Bear habitat and Kidzone. Kids can be photographed with the Zoo’s Puffin and Polar Bear Mascots, participate in a photo pledge booth, learn how to lessen ocean pollution, help with ocean themed community art and even visit with representatives of the North Carolina Transportation Museum. 

Oceans cover nearly 70% of the Earth’s surface and contain about 97% of the Earth’s water supply. Zoo visitors will learn about the impact each human has on this water supply. Everyone can help preserve and sustain our oceans and the animals that inhabit them and help keep all waterways healthy for years to come. This weekend’s event will allow Zoo guests to be part of the solution. 

On June 18, the North Carolina Zoo will celebrate Father’s Day with a special offer for Dads. Guests mentioning the Zoo’s Father’s Day coupon will receive $2.00 off Dad’s admission with one paid admission Sunday only.  The North Carolina Zoo appreciates dads too!    

About the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo provides an experience like no other zoo anywhere. With five miles of exhibits, 1600 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 enjoy 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. The North Carolina Zoo welcomes nearly 800,000 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