North Carolina Zoo
The North Carolina Zoo was first started in the 1970s on a 1,500 acre piece of land in the Uwharrie Mountains, just south of Asheboro. The Forest Edge was the first natural habitat, and was created as a home for zebra, ostrich and giraffe. Forest Edge exists today, much as it did when it was opened in 1979.
The North Carolina Zoo is considered to be one of the largest natural habitat zoos in the country. Enclosures are made to look as close to the animals natural habitats as possible, no concrete or steel cages are used at this amazing zoological park. The NC Zoo is open to the public 364 days a year (they are closed on Christmas Day).