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Carolina Wildlife

Get to know the NC animals in your own backyard! Observe native reptiles, birds, and mammals and learn about the unique adaptations that help them thrive in our state.

Many animals in this exhibit were injured because of an encounter with human activity. Unable to return to the wild, they now help us learn about our animal neighbors. Watch them up close and discover ways we can live with—not apart from—wildlife in our communities.

Carolina Wildlife opens daily at 10am.

Meet Some Carolina Wildlife Animals

Three juvenile American alligators

American Alligators

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 at the Museum are young juveniles. They will stay with us for about two years before they outgrow their exhibit and are returned to a partner organization.


The Museum offers a home to a variety of rescued native birds including robins and blue jays.
Tiger salamander looks at camera

Eastern Tiger Salamander

Easter Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum) are one of the largest salamanders in North America and can grow up to 14 inches in length.