Carolina Wildlife

Indoor Exhibit
Opens at 10:00 am
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Discover a wide range of animals native to North Carolina and learn more about the unique adaptations that help them thrive in our state. Find out why our woodchuck is the only animal at the Museum to enter into true hibernation or just how big a barred owl really is.

Join us for a weekly reptile feeding Thursdays at 4:00pm to learn more about our residents and what it takes to care for them. See daily program schedule here.


Did you know our woodchuck (Marmota monax) is the only Museum animal that enters into true hibernation? Woodchucks have an internal biological clock that tells them when it’s winter. So even though the temperature in the exhibit won’t change, our woodchuck will still enter hibernation as the seasons change!

Striped Skunk

Not all skunks stink! While skunks in the wild use their scent to ward off predators, our striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) was born in captivity and as a result has been descented. This means his scent-emitting glands have been removed.


Our three American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) are small, but the males can grow to be 10-15 feet long and 1,000 pounds as adults! The alligators we have in the exhibit are young juveniles and usually only stay with us for about two years before they outgrow their exhibit and are returned to a partner organization. Watch as our alligators grow and change from one visit to the next!