Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Canine Champions for Conservation Program Returns to North Carolina Zoo

Jun 4, 2024

Endangered species are getting a new “leash” on life thanks to the four-legged stars of the Canine Champions for Conservation program at the North Carolina Zoo. This is the second season the Zoo has hosted the high-energy act, which features rescue dogs executing awe-inspiring stunts and agility challenges to support the Zoo’s global conservation efforts.

The program features more than a dozen canines of varying breeds, ages, and skill levels, each with unique talents and an inspiring backstory. These dynamic lineups are sure to delight the Zoo’s diverse audiences with every visit. Attendees will also learn more about the incredible journeys of these dogs from shelters to stardom, showcasing the impact of pet adoption, positive reinforcement training, and responsible pet ownership.

Shows are free with admission and run six days per week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Join the family-friendly fun Tuesday-Friday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., or weekends and holidays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., at the outdoor Canine Champions for Conservation arena located between Junction Plaza and the Gorilla habitat. All shows are weather-dependent and include an optional meet-and-greet session and photo opportunity following the 20-minute routine.

To learn more about Canine Champions for Conservation, the Zoo’s conservation efforts, or to plan your next visit during the Zoo’s 50th Anniversary, explore www.nczoo.org.

About the North Carolina Zoo  
At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world's largest natural habitat Zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals in the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provides exceptional, compassionate care for the more than 1,700 animals and 52,000 plants that call our Park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature's diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protect nature's diversity. Visit NCZoo.org to begin your life-changing journey. 
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.
The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit www.dncr.nc.gov.

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