ASHEBORO, NC- The North Carolina Zoo appreciates the veterans who are serving or have served our country and will honor them with free admission this weekend, November 10-12, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Veterans and active military with valid military ID or DD form 214 will receive free admission to the Park. Their friends and family will receive $2 off the standard price of admission (Up to six (6) guests).

The Zoo is alive with all the most beautiful colors of autumn and, with cooler temperatures, many of the animals are very active.

Guests may purchase individual tickets or Fun Passes to enjoy the Dragonfly  paddle boats, Carousel, Giraffe deck and the 4-D theatre, now showing the 13-minute “Polar Express.” Some attractions are weather dependent.

The North Carolina Zoo values the service and sacrifice of our military and is excited to welcome them to the world’s largest natural habitat zoo this weekend. For more information visit

About the North Carolina Zoo

At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world’s largest natural habitat zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provide exceptional, compassionate care for the more than 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants that call our park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcome everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity. Visit to begin your life-changing journey.

About the North Carolina 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