My Simple Pleasure Starting with Z: Zoos

I love to go to our Asheboro Zoo about an hour and a half away. About once or twice a year I go with my best friend to see what’s new or what we may have missed on the last trip. The zoo covers 500 acres with five miles of pathways covering multiple terrains for 1600 animals and 52,000 plants. There is a lot to see here!!

Various natural habitats for several different climates and zones of the world are represented here. One entrance leads you through an African village with gift shop, restaurants and then into the vast acreage of the Savannah, grassy plains with rhinoceroses, ostriches, antelope family animals, zebras, and giraffes. They wander around like it was home and seem quite content to do the things they would do in their home country: walk, run, eat, drink, ruminate and look around.

 

Giraffe family.
Elephant at Asheboro Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other entrance has a similar set up of gifts shops, restaurants and bathrooms but the theme here is the North American lands. On the way down the walkway into the park there is a huge lake with a bridge from which you can see lily pads, frogs, fish and other swampy vegetation. There are sloping walkways all over the place for wheelchairs, strollers and rented motorized scooters.

Frog in wetlands of Asheboro Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several of my favorite places to see were the actual swampland area complete with alligators…huge ones!! There is of course a safe elevated walkway above the toothy critters. The massive gators were lying so still for so long that the zoo put up a sign (See Photo)

Real alligators sign!

I love the aviary where thousands of exotic plants exist and dozens of exotic birds, including the Scarlet Ibis. There are so many things to see in the climate controlled humid area. There are orchids of different kinds, banana trees, and staghorn ferns and so much more.

Beautiful Scarlet Ibis at Asheboro Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two other sites I enjoy are the gorilla and chimpanzee lands. There are all kinds of trees fallen and standing with hills to climb and grassy plains for them to roam. Several baby gorillas have been born there. the wonderful part is you can see it all through a glass wall. The gorillas and chimpanzees can come right up to the window and look you in the eye, up close and personal. What an experience!

Chimpanzee at Asheboro Zoo
Chimpanzee at Asheboro Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother and baby gorillas.

There are two main attractions close to the Wetlands of North America entrance. The harbor seals and the polar bears. They have their own separate areas of course but they have lots of room to swim, climb, hide out, stay cool and there are toys for the bears. The seals have frequent daily interactions with the care givers to keep them acclimated to being checked and fed.

Asheboro Zoo Polar Bear asleep.

In between the two entrances are roaming fields for elk, elephants, bison, and more of the North American four legged wild life. There are felines too like ocelots, and smaller cat family members. There is also a central area for sitting down to eat, see 4 D shows for kids, a merry go round, and more.

One of the niceties is transportation by buses that will take you from one large area to another when you need a break from all the walking.

This zoo is growing and is quite a delightful, educational experience! I can’t wait to see what will be there next time I go.

 

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21 thoughts on “My Simple Pleasure Starting with Z: Zoos

    1. Thank you! It was my first challenge like this and I am proud of myself for rising to it! I did it!! Thank you so much!! Great ideas and new friends arose from it. Hope you enjoyed it too.

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  1. Wonderful photos! Our son LOVES giraffes and we are actually heading to Denver in a few weeks and going to both the Denver and Cheyenne Mountain Zoos. We are also hoping to head to the Omaha Zoo later this summer and, while it won’t happen this year, you just put Asheboro Zoo on my bucket list. 🙂

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  2. I read the A to Z post sporadicly because I was still recuperating and did not keep up. But tonight I re read and they all I so enjoyed. You are so great in writing and your pictures are so beautiful.. I have no idea how to do a challenge but you really manage this one with ease. I enjoyed reading the entire context at once. I wonder if I could do some similar without a challenge.

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    1. Wow! Thank you Gay Nell!! I am delighted that you enjoyed them so much!! Sure you can do anything you want to on your blog. Go for it! Pick a theme and do it. I would love to see what you come up with!! I would read yours too!

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    1. I couldn’t think of anything better to use for Z and especially after I have gone to the Asheboro Zoo almost every year for the last 7 years. They always have something interesting going on and there is just so much to see there.

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  3. North Carolina is such a beautiful state anyway, I’ll bet the zoo is one of 5 star quality. I love that you can catch a ride to different areas of the zoo. This also tells me how spacious it is. I often wonder if the animals are being well cared for, and given ample room to flourish in such an environment. Seems so by your pictures. I especially like the giraffe image, because I see the baby giraffe standing with his/her proud parents. And no, I wouldn’t be fooled by the alligators. They are most likely practicing patience. If anything, I want to learn from them!

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    1. Well, I never thought of learning patience from alligators! They were huge. The whole zoo is just incredible! I love animals and hate for them to be in cages. This zoo has more than a dozen different landscapes for each animals. Thank you for your comments.Hugs!!

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  4. I visited the Melbourne zoo last week and they also has a giraffe family… amazed by how they can tell who is who for a giraffe as they all look the same!

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    1. I never thought of that question. But now that you brought it to my attention, I wonder how zebras do too.Lol. Probably individual scents help them figure out who’s who.

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