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From the zoo to a bird park, 5 places to see animals right now in North Carolina

Posted June 24, 2020 9:00 p.m. EDT

Kaela the tiger (Photo courtesy Carolina Tiger Rescue)

If you're an animal lover and are eager to get out of the house for some outdoor, socially distanced adventures, here are five places to see animals across North Carolina.

North Carolina Zoo

It's an obvious choice. The sprawling N.C. Zoo in Asheboro, about 90 minutes from the Triangle, reopened to the public earlier this month. Indoor exhibits aren't open, along with other high-touch areas. Timed entry tickets must be purchased in advanced. And admission is limited. But, if you're ready to stretch your legs beyond your neighborhood, there are plenty of opportunities to do that here.

Carolina Tiger Rescue

In Pittsboro, the Carolina Tiger Rescue opened up its doors to tours on June 5. Tours are limited to 12 guests and a guide, who will remain six feet apart at all times. Both guides and guests will be required to wear cloth masks while on site. Kids 2 and under are not required to wear a mask.

Animal Park at the Conservators' Center

The Burlington destination is open for limited small group and private tours. The center also offers open park events. The next one is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 4.

Sylvan Heights Bird Park

About 90 minute from the Triangle in Scotland Neck, Sylvan Heights Bird Park is home to the world's largest collection of waterfowl. Most of its outdoor trails and exhibits are open.

Lazy 5 Ranch

Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville is a bit of a hike from the Triangle, about 2.5 hours away, but it's a favorite for families across the state. The ranch is open for visitors to drive through and see its collection of animals.