North Carolina Zoo
Located just south of Asheboro, the North Carolina Zoo is seated on a 2,200-acre tract of land in the Uwharrie Mountains. Approximately 500 acres of this property have been developed into the largest "natural habitat" zoo in the United States. You won't find cages made of steel and concrete here. Their animals are given enclosures that mimic their natural habitats to include trees, ponds, rocks, grass and dirt.
The North Carolina Zoo grew from an idea initiated by the Raleigh Jaycees in 1967. Through a series of fund-raising events--including at least one professional football game-the site was selected and secured to be close to the center of the state. We are 75 miles west of Raleigh, 25 miles south of Greensboro and 75 miles northeast of Charlotte.
The first habitats opened in 1974 as a temporary facility while the permanent Zoo was being built. Their first permanent habitat was the "Forest Edge", home to Zebra, Ostrich and Giraffe. This opened in 1979, and exists today much as it did in the late 1970's.What people are saying about North Carolina Zoo:
"The grounds really are sprawling and even within the 3.5 hours we were there, we didn't get a chance to see it all. For the price of the ticket, you really do get a great deal. "
"We visited the Zoo in the fall and it was absolutely gorgeous! The fall colors were in full bloom and just stunning. Overall we loved the zoo and will definitely visit again. We’ll probably pack a picnic next time. "
"Plan on staying at least 2 days if you want to see it all. This zoo is huge. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Feed Giraffes, watch a bee colony, free roaming animals, and more."
"The NC Zoo is really a GREAT ZOO. I had a really good time, and we stayed a long time. It's an "in the natural" zoo - no traditional cages. Lots of space. You encounter the animals in a natural environment. "
"Loved this zoo! Great view of the animals and the enclosures were very natural and used natural barriers as much as possible. The animals did not appear stressed at all and seemed very well taken care of."
"We loved the zoo. We purchased the tickets online the day before and skipped the line. Keep some cash with you if you want to feed the giraffes. The zoo is well maintained and the staff seemed happy to help everyone."
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North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy
Asheboro, NC 27205
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