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North Carolina Zoo Named 3rd Best Nationwide

Have you visited the North Carolina Zoo lately? Zoo's do a lot of important work for conservation of animals. According to the National Geographic Society that while yes zoo's do have a purpose for entertainment as well as education of the public, today zoo's also place a high priority "on scientific research and species conservation". I've been lucky enough to visit some of the top rated zoos nationwide in a variety of cities. But you don't have to travel to experience one of the best. The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is one of the best. And it recently added another accolade to its resume. This time it comes from USA Today and the publication's Readers Choice 10 Best Awards. The nominees in the awards, which encompass a variety of categories, are submitted by a panel of experts. From there the USA Today 10best editors narrow the field to select the final nominees that are voted on by USA Today readers. RELATED: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge In North Carolina Is Among The Nation's 10 Best And the results are in! In the voting The North Carolina Zoo came in as the 3rd best zoo in the country. Top 3 Zoo's Nationwide  Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium - Omaha, Nebraska Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden - Cincinnati, Ohio  North Carolina Zoo - Asheboro, North Carolina The North Carolina Zoo Unlike most zoo's the North Carolina Zoo isn't in one of the state's largest cities. Instead it's in the center of the state to allow access to more visitors from all areas of North Carolina. The North Carolina Zoo prides itself on being the "world's largest natural habitat zoo" and is home to more than 1,700 animals. It features sections for both Africa and North America, with a new Asia expansion coming in 2026! Some of the highlights in North America include polar bears, red wolves (these animals are critically endangered), grizzly bears, and black bears. In Africa you'll find favorites such as elephants, giraffes, lions, baboons, zebras, and more. Tigers, white-cheeked gibbons, Komodo dragons, and Chinese alligators are among the planned residents of the Asia expansion's habitats. Other activities at the zoo include the ever popular (and pictured above) Zoofari, a carousel, VIP experiences, hiking trails, a ropes course, and more. With so many additional activities to choose from and animals always providing a new experience the North Carolina Zoo is something you and your family can enjoy again and again. Read the full USA Today 10Best article here. Learn more about visiting the North Carolina Zoo here. [select-listicle listicle_id="447167" syndication_name="best-places-in-north-carolina-to-explore-different-animals" description="yes"]

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