At the NC Zoo, our African exhibits will leave you feeling like you’re on a safari. It’ll take you at least two hours to tour the Africa region.
The R. J. Reynolds Forest Aviary at the N.C. Zoo displays more than 3,000 gorgeous tropical plants and dozens of exotic birds.
North America has exhibits from the hot and dry Desert to the icy Rocky Coast. Plan on two to three hours to tour the North America region.
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Sylvan Heights Waterfowl
Did you know that the largest collection of waterfowl in North America is right here in North Carolina?
The NC Zoo Society is a key sponsor of Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park, a leading conservator and breeder of rare and endangered waterfowl species.
This Park exhibits the world’s largest collections of waterfowl species and supports a world-renowned captive breeding facility for rare and endangered ducks, geese and swans.
In 1997, the NC Zoo Society took Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park under its wing to ensure the facility's continued success. Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Center is home to 161 species of birds--more than half of the world's known species of ducks, geese and swans--along with rare species of parrots, cranes and other birds.
The Sylvan Heights Waterfowl operates under the direction of rare-bird expert Mike Lubbock. Director Lubbock's fame draws biologists, veterinarians, researchers and bird enthusiasts to the Center to learn about breeding birds. He has received 16 world-first breeding awards during his career.
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