Lunch and Learn with a Zoo Curator of Mammals
(Apes, Carnivores, Giraffe & Zebra)
This tour experience is provided to two people, who are invited to spend an hour or so talking over lunch with the curator who oversees the management of the Zoo's Apes, Carnivores (Cats, Bears, Otters, etc.), Giraffes, and Zebras. After lunch, tour-goers can accompany the curator on a short, behind-the-scenes tour of one of the areas she supervises. At the present time, participants must practice social distancing during the program and cover their mouths and noses with masks while touring inside buildings.
This Curator is responsible for husbandry decisions regarding the species under her care and works extensively with other zoo professionals across North America to make critical decisions about the placement, breeding, and sustainability of the North American zoo populations of these species. The curator also supervises the zookeepers who care for these species.
Lunch and Learn programs are scheduled during the regular work week (Monday - Friday) on a date that is acceptable to the curator and our guests. These tours are open to adults 16 years or older.
The $325 fee covers Zoo admission and lunch for two people and includes a $300 tax-deductible donation to the North Carolina Zoological Society, the private 501(c)3 non-profit that raises funds for the North Carolina Zoo. The proceeds from this Lunch and Learn encounter will support the most pressing needs of the Zoo's Animal Section. Among other things, these needs may include purchasing materials for animal enrichment, funding keeper training opportunities, or supporting research or activities that promote animal well-being.