Roanoke Island What's New

Roanoke Island What's New

Visit New Otter Olive at North Carolina Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is delighted to invite guests to meet new North American river otter, “Olive.”  Olive has become accustomed to her new home under the careful care of the aquarium’s husbandry and veterinary teams. She is regaining her health and strength after suffering an injury that rendered her non-releasable in the wild. “We’ve been working with her behind the scenes and during non-public hours to acclimate her to her new... Read More

Aquarium Holds "Ton of Love" Food Drive

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island seeks community support in reaching the goal of a "Ton of Love" by donating food for those in need. The aquarium is hoping to collect one ton of food by Valentine’s Day, February 14, to support the Roanoke Island Food Pantry. The pantry is in need of restocking their shelves this year not only following the holidays, but also to continue their efforts in supporting community members during the... Read More

Aquarium Receives Dominion Energy Grant for Pollinator Garden and Trail

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will develop a new maritime forest trail to educate guests on the importance of pollinators thanks to a $25,000 grant from Dominion Energy. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of 118 organizations selected for this year’s Dominion Energy environmental stewardship grants. The competitive grants support education and stewardship projects that preserve, enhance or make nature more accessible. ... Read More

Cold-stunned turtles arrive at the STAR Center

  In what is a kind of winter tradition at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, the first sea turtle patients affected by cold-stunning have arrived at the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center. As of Friday, five new patients – four greens and one Kemp’s Ridley – were being treated at the Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital.  Cold-stunning is caused when water temperatures drop quickly. Sea turtles close to shore and unable to... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Friday, December 11, 2020

New otter “Olive” residing at North Carolina Aquarium

  The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is delighted to welcome a new otter into its fold.  Olive is a female North American river otter that came into the aquarium’s care from a wildlife rehabber in Scotland County who took her in following an injury.    Olive is currently behind the scenes in an area reserved for newly arrived animals, which allows husbandry staff the ability to continue to treat and observe her. Due to health... Read More
at Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Santa Paws food drive benefits animals at the Outer Banks SPCA

Help give the adoptable animals at the Outer Banks SPCA  a Happy New Year by donating dog and cat food during our Santa Paws pet food drive! Now through Jan. 3, we invite everyone to leave food, cleaning products, toys and other pet items underneath the Santa Paws Tree in our lobby! Or, if you are heading to Jennette's Pier,  you can drop food off with the great folks there! Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Tuesday, November 24, 2020

New animals add to NC Aquarium adventure

In the eight weeks since the North Carolina Aqurium on Roanoke Island welcomed visitors back to experience up-close animal adventures, thousands who have stopped in to see what’s new have met some animals and habitats that weren’t there before. Baby alligators, yellow stingrays and a new sea jellies viewing window are all newly introduced additions to the aquarium inviting an even more immersive experience. The Seven Rivers Gallery is home to four new hatchling American... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Friday, November 20, 2020

Notice of Advisory Meeting

The Advisory Committee of The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will meet virtually on Wednesday, November 18 from 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend via phone conference by dialing 1 (984) 204-1487 and entering the meeting code 906 153 612#. Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Friday, November 13, 2020

North Carolina Aquariums welcome guests back September 14!

We will open our doors to guests once again on September 14! See full story below: Following North Carolina’s move into Safer at Home Phase 2.5, the North Carolina Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island are excited to announce that they will welcome guests back beginning Monday, Sept. 14 with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of guests and staff.  “We can’t wait to be able to do what we do best, which is share the... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Friday, September 11, 2020

NC Aquariums offer virtual adventures!

 While the NC Aquariums remain closed for safety in light of COVID-19, they are offering virtual opportunities for the public to connect with nature and learning, while staying engaged with animals and staff. Additionally, the Aquariums on Roanoke Island and at Pine Knoll Shores are offering outdoor programs for online registered guests. “In these times where everyone’s lives have shifted and the aquarium has remained closed for public health, virtual engagement has offered... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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