Situated in Asheboro, North Carolina, the North Carolina Zoo stands as one of the largest natural habitat zoos in the world. Encompassing over 2,600 acres, and 500 developed, the zoo offers a unique viewing experience by placing animals in environments closely mirroring their natural habitats. Its expansive setting is divided into two main sections: Africa and North America, each highlighting the distinctive animals native to these regions.
The North Carolina Zoo's expansive size provides guests with a wild, immersive experience. Walking through the vast habitats, visitors can observe elephants, polar bears, lions, giraffes, gorillas, and more in settings that echo their natural surroundings. The zoo's design limits the visible barriers, creating an experience closer to a safari adventure than a traditional zoo visit. Seasonal events, educational programs, and interactive exhibits enhance the visitor experience.
Conservation is deeply woven into the ethos of the North Carolina Zoo. The institution is involved in several international conservation projects, spanning across continents, from Africa to North America. These projects focus on a broad spectrum of conservation needs, from species-specific efforts to broader habitat protection initiatives. The zoo also engages in breeding programs for endangered species and emphasizes educating its visitors about the importance of conservation and the roles they can play.
Zoo Size:500 acres
Number of Species on Display:250+
Number of Animals:1,600+
Key Exhibits:Africa || North America || Streamside