Rocky Coast exhibit at North Carolina Zoo (Valerie – Creative Commons)


Location:  North Carolina Zoo

Address:  4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, North Carolina 27205, USA

Telephone:  1 800 488 0444 or +1 336 879 7000

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Exhibit:  Rocky Coast


Anana (female) born in captivity in Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, New York, USA on 27 November 1999.  Arrived at North Carolina Zoo on 20 September 2014.

Payton (male) born in captivity in Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois, USA on 8 November 2003.  Arrived at North Carolina Zoo on 21 January 2021.


Considered the largest natural habitat zoo in the world, the North Carolina Zoo covers more than 2,600 acres.  The Rocky Coast exhibit is part of the North American habitat that opened in 1994.  The exhibit originally housed three polar bears.

The zoo allows the two polar bears to access both areas of their enclosure so they can choose whether or not to be on view to the public.  Air conditioning is provided in inside areas. The female bear, Anana, has her own hammock which she likes to sleep in.

The public can view the bears both on land and under water.

The polar bears have access to a pool and to grassed and other soft substrate areas; the enclosure also contains rocks and has distant vistas.  We are not aware of the total on and off exhibit areas available to the bears.  We wrote to the zoo on 12 March 2021 requesting more information and await their reply.


  1. Captive breeding programme

We await information on the bears’ feeding, medical and enrichment regimes.

More Information

The zoo posted the following video on 29 March 2019.  The main subject of the video is the breeding programme but it also contains excellent footage of the bears’ enclosures.

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Page updated 28 March 2021.