Unique Virtual Reality Experience Now Open at the North Carolina Zoo
Asheboro, N.C. – (May 20, 2019) A visit to the North Carolina Zoo now includes an option to virtually go on safari in Africa. A new virtual reality (VR) theater features 10 seats where guests put on VR headsets for a five-minute virtual tour through the diverse plains of Africa. Guests get “nose-to-nose” with some of the continent’s most iconic animals, like elephants, rhinos and giraffes. This new experience is designed to provide a dynamic and unique way to connect the Zoo’s guests to nature using the latest in technology.
Director of Conservation, Education and Science Dr. Rich Bergl said, “The team at the North Carolina Zoo is excited to offer our guests Expedition AFRICA—A Virtual Reality Experience. Participants on this virtual safari will see expansive 360 degree views of African wildlife in its natural habitat while learning about these species and the Zoo’s work to save them from extinction. It’s a great way to have an incredible, fun experience, while also gaining a better understanding of some of Africa’s most amazing animals.”
This new attraction officially opens Monday, May 20 and is located in Junction Plaza. The VR experience is a $3 additional fee per person or guests may use a FUN ticket for entry. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through October 31. For more information, visit NCZoo.org/Attractions.
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 for 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 1,800 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 N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call 919- 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.