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Old 08-24-2007, 06:56 AM
 
Location: morrisville
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is the closest zoo the one in asheboro? how far is it, and is it worth the trip? thanks!
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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is the closest zoo the one in asheboro? how far is it, and is it worth the trip? thanks!
We enjoy a day at the zoo, and think it is worth the trip.
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Yes, that is the closest zoo. It's approximately an hour and a half drive from Raleigh. Personally, it is not one of my favorite zoos. It's okay. The exhibits are spread out so there is a lot of walking involved. I felt the last time we went that many of the animals were really old and tired and just laid around so the kids didn't get to see a lot of them up and moving. Just my opinion. I would definitely check it out at least once but I haven't been back in a few years.

By the way, the Durham museum has some cool animal exhibits now if you just want to stay local. There are bears, wolves and lemurs.
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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We went Easter weekend this year and it was freezing. It is very spread out and there weren't that many animals out. It is a nice zoo, but I doubt I'd go back.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I LOVE the zoo in Asheboro! It's true that it is very spread out and you do have to do a lot of walking. There are also shuttle buses that will take you from one area to the other. But the zoo was built on the premise that the animals are kept in areas similar to their own habitat and have the freedom to roam and run around within the large confines of their habitat. Personally I think that makes for a healthier environment for the animals and the zoo itself feels like you're walking through a large park, it's heavily wooded and very natural.

As a result, sometimes it can be hard to always see all of the animals. If they are napping behind their favorite tree or rock, you may have a hard time seeing them. The African plains exhibit is so huge that if the animals are at the watering hole, they're too far away to see really well. They have coin operated telescope thingys, but I would highly suggest taking a pair of binoculars.
Also, the zoo is open year round ( I believe) and so in the winter, you're less likely to see the heat loving animals and in the summer, you're less likely to see the arctic animals.
The Durham museum animal exhibits are fine, but the animals there have very little room. My friend who works at the Duke lemur center said that the lemurs there keep escaping and getting injured. They even had a small black bear in a glass window exhibit .
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Lamishra,
I'm with you.
The NC Zoological Park is the 2nd largest Zoo in the USA, and the largest walking Zoo. That space is a great deal of the appeal.
Send money!
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:42 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Asheboro Zoo is beautiful zoo and open about every day of the year.

Here are some other zoos a little further west
Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge
Cowan's Ford Wildlife Refuge
Past Rural Hill and another farm with strutting peacocks. The refuge is home to deer, ospreys, coyotes and more. An observation deck overlooks two man-made ponds. Take binoculars for a closer look at the osprey nest in a nearby power-line tower. Recent visitors saw wild turkeys walking along the road like hitchhikers. 2329 Neck Road, Huntersville. Free. 704-875-1391;

Lazy 5 ranch
Lazy5Ranch
privately owned exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari through the gently sloping pasturelands

Metrolina Wildlife Park
Welcome to the Metrolina Wildlife Park!
This privately owned animal park is located just off the I-85 at exit 68 and offers you and your family a wildlife adventure without the traffic, crowds, and high prices

NC Zoo
NC Zoo™ - North Carolina Zoo : Photo Tour & 360° Views (http://www.nczoo.org/tour/ - broken link)
Get ready for wonder and discovery as you enter the amazing North Carolina Zoo located in the magnificent rolling hills of the Uwharrie Mountains, near Asheboro.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:50 AM
 
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A couple additional local resources are the Duke Primate Center (lemurs!!!) in Durham and the Carnivore Preservation Trust (variety of big cats...rescued tigers, jaguars, leopards etc) in Pittsboro. These aren't zoos in the sense that you can just wander around, but instead offer 1-2 hour guided tours, and you need to call in advance to reserve spots in the tours.
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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The zoo is too hot this time of year, IMO. It's mostly outdoors, and miles of walking. When it's too hot (or too cold), the animals will not be outside, or active.

Now in the gorgeous North Carolina spring or fall... that's the good time to go. The animals are more active and you will enjoy the walk. It is quite beautiful.

Other tips:
- Pack food. The offerings are slim and lines can be long.
- Don't leave the zoo right when it closes, at least on a busy day (like teacher workdays), or you will be stuck on Zoo Parkway FOREVER
- You can start at either end, and you will see it all the same.
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Old 08-24-2007, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Metrolina Wildlife Park
Welcome to the Metrolina Wildlife Park!
This privately owned animal park is located just off the I-85 at exit 68 and offers you and your family a wildlife adventure without the traffic, crowds, and high prices
Didn't the Metrolina close? Or has it reopened?
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