Bald Eagle

The Aquarium was proud to obtain a juvenile bald eagle in 2014, adding to the breadth and diversity of animals in its care. This young eagle named Maverick was found in Wisconsin with a broken wing, and relocated to the Aquarium where it serves not only as a symbol of our nation, but as a conservation messenger to teach about habitat loss, wildlife rehabilitation and endangered species.
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Many Aquarium visitors are surprised to learn that alligators live in local waters. North Carolina is at the northern end of their natural range, and in some nearby areas gators are abundant. The exhibit at Fort Fisher is immensely popular, featuring several large American alligators, and one albino named Luna that’s always a crowd-pleaser.
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Butterfly Bungalow & Lorikeet Landing

In 2014, the Aquarium opened Butterfly Bungalow to critical acclaim. This seasonal display offers visitors the opportunity to interact with dozens of colorful, exotic butterflies in a natural setting. In 2015, the exhibit transformed to Lorikeet Landing, a similar immersive experience with tropical lorikeets. This alternating schedule will repeat in 2016-2017, with more new interactives planned for the following years.
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Exhibit sponsors ($5,000 level and above) are recognized with naming plaques adjacent to their sponsored feature, along with permanent recognition on the Aquariums’ Donor Exhibits — displayed at all three Aquariums.

Jim Mulvey

Director of Development
North Carolina Aquarium Society
3125 Poplarwood Court, Suite 160
Raleigh, NC 27604


The NC Aquarium Society is a 501c3 charitable organization (Tax ID# 56-1512990) and receives all gifts on behalf of the NC Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier.

The NC Aquariums are a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.