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N.C. Zoo Welcomes New 'Members'

Posted May 1, 2007

— Seven animals arrived at the zoo between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday.

A 6-foot, 300-pound male harp seal will now call the zoo’s Rocky Coast exhibit home. The seal was found malnourished off the coast of New Jersey two months ago. Following rehabilitation at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey, the center chose the North Carolina Zoo to keep the seal.

The zoo also received six southern white rhinos. The group includes three adult females, two male calves and a female calf. The rhinos arrived after a stay at a sanctuary in Florida.

The rhinos’ arrival is part of an $8 million expansion of the zoo’s elephant and rhinoceros exhibits. Zoo officials hope to release the rhinos in the African Plains habitat by mid-summer.


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  • North Carolina Native May 2, 2007

    we went and it was a lot of fun! The only thing I would have changed is asking the taller adults to back up a little bit after they see so that the younger kids can see.

    The polar bear exhibit is fantastic!

  • spiritwarriorwoman May 2, 2007

    How wonderful that the seal was saved and rehabilitated and now has a nice home. And how wonderful that some white rhinos have been saved as well. They're nearly extinct in the wild because of their horns.

    Praising God.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • RDUTEC May 2, 2007

    Have to agree. Was at the zoo last weekend, and was a great visit.

    The Aviary was fantastic. You have to sit still and watch for movement, but then a whole world of winged nature opens up to you. In some cases, it seemed as if the birds were posing.

    Great job N.C. Now if only other departments of the state could do just as good.

  • Iwasasoldier4u May 2, 2007

    If you plan a zoo visit and you have never been, plan it on a cool day and get there when the zoo opens. It is over a 5 mile hike through the woods to get completely through the zoo. It is really beautiful and worth every minute of your time. The animals also don't like to move much if it is hot.

  • lucky22 May 2, 2007

    While they do great work at the Asheboro zoo it's just ashamed that these animals have to be in capitvity to survive. We are slowly killing our planet. Animals are a good indicator of how the earth is doing and for species that are getting wiped out on a daily basis concern me.

  • JBunny May 2, 2007

    I haven't been to our zoo in Asheboro yet - but hubby and I have planned a trip and I'm so excited!! :0)

  • ladyblue May 1, 2007

    It's good to see some animals have been saved and will be at the zoo. I am going there again this year and maybe I can see the chaps,...

  • BIG YAWN May 1, 2007

    I've been to the San Diego zoo and the Asheboro zoo. I can tell you that the animal exhibits are very simular. The biggest difference is San Diego has more fancy eating places and fewer bugs. Other than that Asheboro zoo is a best kept secret.

  • Huey May 1, 2007

    The more the merrier! This zoo is one of the real gems of
    our state. Keep up the good work folks. We appreciate it.