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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

Striped skunk

Striped Skunk

Not all skunks stink! While striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) in the wild use their scent to ward off predators, our skunk Florian was born in captivity and has been de-scented. This means his scent-emitting glands have been removed.
Muskrat eating a piece of sweet potato


Muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus) are shy, non-aggressive mammals that live along riverbanks and marshes, often near humans. However, their burrowing can harm roadsides and dams so they are often trapped and removed. Our muskrat Tennille was relocated to the Museum.
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! These alligators, Jim, Pam, and Dwight, are young juveniles. They will stay with us for about two years before they outgrow their exhibit and are returned to a partner organization.