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Asheboro, NC


NC Zoological Park


Rocky Coast: 30,000 sf
Streamside: 9,500 sf
Contact Area: 8,000 sf
Great Plains: 15 acres


Copyright Rick Alexander and Associates, Inc.

N.C. Zoological Park North America Habitats

O’Brien Atkins incorporated exhibits which were designed to replicate as closely as possible the animals’ natural environment including land form, water and vegetation.  The Rocky Coast Exhibit contains some of the more “exotic” North American species ranging from the massive and dangerous polar bear to the diminutive puffin which “flies” both above and below the water.  Also included are sea lions, seals, arctic foxes and snowy owls.  Since many of these animals are aquatic, the exhibits were designed to allow both underwater and above water viewing into large pools.

The Streamside area exhibits bobcats, raccoons, river otters, reptiles, amphibians and fish.  Fifteen acres of Great Plains area serve as home for bison, elk, white-tailed deer, prairie dogs, black and grizzly bears and wolves.  The Contact area allows visitor interaction with goats, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and other domestic animals.