The oldest authentic zoo in southeastern North Carolina, family-owned Tregembo Animal Park has brought joy to many thousands of visitors since 1952. For all the children who love visiting zoos, Tregembo Animal Park should be on the list of attractions to see. The Tregembo family, which for more than 60 years has maintained the only zoo in southeastern North Carolina, has consistently provided local families, children’s groups and tourists with a fun, educational place to spend a few hours or a day. The family cares passionately about the animals in its care.

For a modest admission, you can see an amazing variety of more than 100 creatures from insects, birds and reptiles to a lion, tiger, giraffe and emu. One of our favorites is a brown bear with a name most kids’ love: Booger. Children love to call out, “Here Booger,” or “Hey Booger,” which results in gales of laughter.

Feeding allowed at Tregembo Animal Park

You can feed corn or peanuts to some of the Park’s animals. Some you can pet too. And, of course, you’ll want to visit the 4,000 square foot gift shop to take home souvenirs.

Besides the usual zoo animals, the Park boasts many unusual specimens too. If you’re curious, go to their website for a preview of the critters that are on display.

The 10-acre park is situated on U.S. Highway 421 in Monkey Junction. From late March to Labor Day, the park is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting; in September and October it is open Saturdays and Sundays only.

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