RALEIGH, N.C. — Animal lovers rejoice! Kangaroos, parrots, sloths and alligators are coming to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this weekend. 

What You Need To Know

  • Exotic animals are coming to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds this weekend for the state's first Pet Expo

  • The event will be held August 6-7 at the fairgrounds

  • Tickets can be purchased through the N.C. Pet Expo website

It’s all apart of North Carolina’s first Pet Expo.

The two-day event will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds from August 6-7.

The expo will include pet costume contests, demonstrations, pet adoptions from Saving Grace Animal Shelter and two parrot shows each day from the "Cool Zoo."

Cool Zoo is a touring wildlife exhibit based out of Orlando, Florida. The zoo focuses on the conservation of wildlife, zoological wildlife advancement, education and research. 

“Wildlife conservation people can come out and see this weekend and interact with the animals, live up close and personal and learn educational facts,” said Jim DeBerry, Wildlife conservationist with Cool Zoo. 

DeBerry and his team will educate visitors on the importance of wildlife conservation and why people should not own exotic animals as pets. 

The exhibit will also feature the world famous Mister Crab hermit crab adoption center. 

Tickets can be purchased through the N.C. Pet Expo website