North Carolina Zoo Boasts Largest February Ever

North Carolina readies new attractions for April debut


Photo courtesy of North Carolina Zoo

February was the largest attended February in the 43-year history of the North Carolina Zoo with 47,190 guests. Warm temperatures, clear skies drove all ages to the zoo during the shortest month of the year.

 “We are excited to have such a dynamic start to 2017," says Diane Villa, zoo interim marketing officer. "Everyone has enjoyed seeing polar bears Nikita and Anana playing together, which guests would typically see during the winter. But the African animals, such as elephants and rhinos, have all been out in their habitats and enjoying the mild winter weather as well.”

With February in the rearview, the zoo is busily preparing to impress guests with both new and updated attractions coming this April. In addition to the Acacia Station Giraffe Deck, Endangered Species Carousel and Air Hike (an elevated ropes and balance course), the zoo will offer an additional ride on Zoofari at 10 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, and “Dino Island 4D” will be the featured film at Junction Plaza for 2017.

Brand new at the zoo beginning in April are:

Dragonfly Paddle Boats (Located at Marsh Boardwalk, North America)

For the first time ever at the North Carolina Zoo, guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a unique paddleboat adventure on the North America Lake. Guests can take a 30-minute excursion on one of 24 boats, complete with canopies. Buoys will conveniently guide guests as they experience all the lake has to offer. 
• April-October, open daily 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
• Additional ticket purchase of $5 or included in the Fun Pass.
• Restrictions apply. First-come, first-served.

Dino Bus (Located at North America Entrance, Africa Parking Lot and near Junction Plaza)
Who doesn’t love the fun, thrills and excitement of a dinosaur hunt? Dino Bus is a new way to see animatronic dinosaurs on a direct ride to and from the center of the Park. Two different rides allow guests to relax in open-air buses and get exclusive narrated tours while seeing dynamic, colorful dinosaurs and hearing about the exciting efforts the Zoo is engaged in to protect today’s animals from going the way of the dinosaurs.
• April-October, open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Additional ticket purchase of $4 or included in the Fun Pass.

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Source: North Carolina Zoo


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