ASHEBORO, N.C. – In an effort to educate visitors and Zoo staff alike, Save Our Snakes, Saturday, May 14, at the North Carolina Zoo is dedicated to the importance of snakes in nature and an opportunity to view the often feared reptile in a completely new and positive way.

The event which lasts from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. will assist Zoo guests in how to identify venomous and non-venomous snakes in the wild as well as what steps to take with a snake encounter. Details on the intensive Snake Study undertaken by the North Carolina Zoo where snake movement patterns are carefully studied through tagging wild snakes on-site will also be covered.

A variety of snake related games and activities are planned across the park including:

North America Plaza

Asheboro Copperheads (Baseball Team) Mascot


Trivia Wheel

Snake Info Table

Snake Activities and Crafts

Snake Encounters


N.C. Zoo Snake Study

N.C. Snake ID

Mangum Desert

Snake Bingo

Snakes have important roles in the world’s eco-systems and the North Carolina Zoo will celebrate them this Saturday. All daytime special events at the North Carolina Zoo are free.  

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 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