The live animal policy of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences dictates that non-museum animals must go through a written approval process before they can be brought to the museum for exhibits and programs. This policy is in place to protect the health and safety of museum animals, non-museum animals, and visitors. It also ensures that all live animals exhibited at the museum support the museum image, ethic, and message. As such, all animals must be visibly clean, healthy, disease-free, and displayed in appropriately sized and maintained enclosures. Where appropriate, animals may be examined in person to determine their suitability for activities within the museum. The museum's Living Collections staff review all External Animal Requests.

This online portal was created in order to streamline the process by which external animal requests are sent and reviewed.