Asheboro, NC – The North Carolina Zoo launches the first of several special events for the month of October on Saturday, Oct. 12, with “Howl-O-Ween,” a celebration of the zoo’s red wolves and the effort to save this highly endangered species. 

Red wolf  keepers will be meeting visitors and answering questions about the wolves at 1:30 p.m. at the Red Wolf Exhibit in the zoo’s North America exhibit region. In addition, demonstrations of Native American dancing, storytelling and art will be held in the park’s Junction Plaza at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Other events will include face painting for kids from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the  North America Plaza. The mascot from Greensboro radio station WPAW 93.1 “The Wolf” will also be at the North America entrance from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Later October events will include “Batology,” a special program on bats to be presented   in the zoo’s Sonora Desert exhibit the weekend of Oct. 19-20 and “Boo at the Zoo” the park’s annual Halloween carnival for kids slated for the weekend of Oct. 26-27.  

 All special events are included in the regular zoo admission of $12 for adults, $8 for children 2-12 and $10 for senior citizens 62-plus. The zoo is located on Zoo Parkway (N.C. 159) six miles southeast of Asheboro off  U.S. 64 and U.S. 220. Operating hours April through November are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information visit the zoo’s website at or call toll-free at 1-800-488-0444.

 The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor.

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