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Forest Edge

Zebra Ostrich and Giraffe Exhibit

The Forest Edge habitat exhibits giraffes, zebras and ostriches, which can be observed from four different overlooks. This large, 3.5 acre exhibit mimics the lightly wooded savannas found in Kenya.

Grant's ZebraNC Zoo's Zebra

These animals are best known for their distinctive black and white stripes, which are unique to each animal. Zebras are found in woodlands, savannas and grasslands across Africa. Their eyes are placed on the sides of their heads, plus they have excellent eyesight- this allows them to see predators from far away.


Reticulated Giraffe

Towering up to 19 feet tall, the giraffe is the tallest of all living land animals. The long neck and legs of the giraffe allow them to browse on the leaves and twigs of trees, especially acacia trees.  Experience the Acacia Station Giraffe Deck where you'll be able to get eye-to-eye with these long-legged giants.

NC Zoo's Ostrich


This African bird holds the title of largest living bird! With long, powerful legs, the ostrich can run up to 40 miles per hour-which is good since it cannot fly. They primarily eat leaves, grasses, fruits and seeds.