North Carolina Zoo in United States

North Carolina Zoo

Address 4401 Zoo Parkway
Zip-code 27205
Place Asheboro, North Carolina
Country United States
Website Website


Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Jim Small
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers
Record history
History of updates2021-01-20

Latest document update2021-01-20 05:56:11
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North Carolina Zoo, located at 4401 Zoo Parkway, in Asheboro, North Carolina, United States , was founded in 1976.

Living elephants

At the North Carolina Zoo lives 6 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Batir (Skeeter) born 2002-01-21
  2. CSar (Flapjack) born 1974
  3. Louie born 2003-04-30
  4. Rafiki born 1981
  5. Samantha (Nekhanda) born 1988
  6. Tonga born 1978

Comments / picturesThe Watani Grasslands Reserve combined the zoo’s existing 3.5-acre elephant exhibit with the adjacent 3.5-acre rhino exhibit to create a combined 7-acre habitat for elephants. The rhinos were then mixed with antelope in an improved 37-acre African Plains exhibit next door to the elephants.
The off-exhibit, existing holding barn for the elphants was altered and improved to house only the zoo\'s Southern White Rhinos and a new, 12,000-square-foot, $2.5-million elephant barn was constructed nearby. This state-of-the-art facility will enable the zoo to improve husbandry and veterinary care for its elephants and expand its Herd up to 10 animals of different ages and sexes. The expanded rhino facilities and exhibit space will allow the zoo to accommodate 10 or more rhinos as well.

The new African elephant barn and holding yards were constructed from used oil pipeline steel, saving energy, resources and money.

References for records about North Carolina Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). North Carolina Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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