ASHEBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina Zoo invites you to celebrate World Oceans Day from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, in the Zoo’s North American region including:  North America Plaza, Cypress Swamp, Rocky Coast KidZone, Streamside and Prairie geyser. Kids can help create group art, get their face painted, play beach trivia and hear inspired music by Larry Davis and McCrary Elementary School’s UNITE drummers. Adults can learn about small changes in green cleaning practices that can have a big impact on all the oceans of the world. 

In addition, the N.C. Zoo staff will host the Run Wild 5k for AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers) throughout the park. The 5k registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the run begins at 7:00 a.m. starting and ending at Solar Pointe. Runners may hear the roar of our African Lions or howling of the Red Wolves along the way. Please visit for more information on the Run Wild 5K. Proceeds will support animal care at the N.C. Zoo. 

Oceans cover nearly 70% of the Earth’s surface and contain about 97% of the Earth’s water supply. Zoo visitors will learn of 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 events will allow Zoo guests to be part of the solution by discovering green cleaning practices as well as the benefits of walking/running/biking more to get around town instead of using vehicles.

World Oceans Day is a fun, educational opportunity to be celebrated at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro.    

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 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