Give the Gift of Unique Experiences from the North Carolina Zoo


If you’re struggling with what to get your younger family members or friends, consider giving the gift of a unique experience this holiday season from the North Carolina Zoo.

The Zoo offers an array of online adventures for kids of all ages and a gift shop with items from around the world.

Virtual Experiences

Price range: $10 – $100

Holiday Break Camps: Our virtual, one-day camps provide fun activities such as visiting Zoo habitats, meeting zookeepers, and hands-on crafts. Kids will have fun learning about Animals in Winter while staying socially distant and safe. Camps are designed for students in grades 1-6 and focus on three ways animals have adapted to survive the winter – migration (Let’s Move It, Move It), hibernation (A Long Winter’s Sleep), and being built for winter (Designed for Winter).

Species Spotlight: This virtual encounter introduces you to ambassador animals or an animal in the Zoo. Spice up your next online meeting or gathering with a personalized experience with a Zoo animal! A virtual gift that can be tailored to any audience and any age.

Creature Connections: An online afterschool program from the Zoo and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, starting in November 2020 through June 2021. Creature Connections is a one-hour, live program every second Thursday of the month. Give the gift and get registered, so you don’t miss any of the land-to-sea fun.

In-Person Experiences at the Zoo

Snorin’ Safari: Price range: $40-$50 per person. A family adventure where you can spend the night at the Zoo doing fun activities and wake up hearing the lions roar or wolves howling. The Snorin’ Safaris would begin in March 2021 or later, depending on COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

Ride-and-a-GuidePrice range: $150-$190 per group. Give the gift of a private tour of the Zoo with a professional guide! The North Carolina Zoo Society offers “Ride-and-a- Guide” outdoor programs for small groups wishing to visit the Zoo and travel in comfort in a golf cart.

Online Gift Shop

Support the Zoo through the North Carolina Zoo Society’s online gift shop. A large array of animal plushes, fair-trade jewelry and crafts from around the world, toys and much more. Price ranges to fit every budget.
• Adopt the North Carolina Zoo Society’s “Jingle Bear Rock” grizzly bear this holiday season. The $50 adoption package includes a plush grizzly bear, a personalized adoption certificate, and a fact sheet on Grizzly Bears.

For more information, you can visit the North Carolina Zoo’s Holiday Gift Guide here –