Most people that I’ve asked in Charlotte about the North Carolina Zoo told me that they’ve heard of it, but have never been.
That might change for some when they learn that our state-owned zoo is actually the largest walk-through zoo in the world, containing over 2,000 acres of land mass, and home to over 1,600 animals from 250 different species.
The massive natural-habitat zoo sits on the edge of the Uwharrie National Forest, about 65 miles northeast of Charlotte;
The zoo is now open 364 days a year and receives over 700,000 annual visitors.
It’s made up of two main sections, Africa and North America, with sprawling natural habitats for most of the animals that live there;
The North Carolina Zoo is also one of only 2 state-owned zoos in America.
It was recently approved to receive money from the new Connect NC bond referendum, approved during the March 2015 primary election. Funds from the bond will be used to construct a new Asia-themed complex which could include tigers, rhinos, and orangutans with the goal of attracting an additional 300,000 people a year.
They also now have plans in the works for a massive convention center and a hotel overlooking an animal exhibit to establish the zoo as a multi-day destination.
Have you been to the NC Zoo yet?
What are your thoughts?