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My first visit to the North Carolina Zoo

Red wolves are the world's rarest canine with fewer than 100 remaining in the wild; the NC Zoo, on 2600 wooded acres, is the world's largest natural habitat zoo

Red wolves are the world's rarest canine with fewer than 100 remaining in the wild; the NC Zoo, on 2600 wooded acres, is the world's largest natural habitat zoo

This gorilla looked so sad!; this is a western lowland gorilla from Cameroon; the species is critically endangered and the only species of gorilla seen in zoos

This gorilla looked so sad!; this is a western lowland gorilla from Cameroon; the species is critically endangered and the only species of gorilla seen in zoos

All cougars may look pretty similar but this one sure reminds me of Shasta, the University of Houston mascot during my years there; cougars have the widest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere

All cougars may look pretty similar but this one sure reminds me of Shasta, the University of Houston mascot during my years there; cougars have the widest range of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere

Lee, Matt and I searched for black bears on our recent trip to Gatlinburg but never saw one; surprisingly, black bears only live about 5 years in the wild

Lee, Matt and I searched for black bears on our recent trip to Gatlinburg but never saw one; surprisingly, black bears only live about 5 years in the wild

The zoo currently has animals from North America and Africa with plans to add those from Asia and Australia; the Asia section is scheduled to open in 2023

The zoo currently has animals from North America and Africa with plans to add those from Asia and Australia; the Asia section is scheduled to open in 2023

The Eastern tiger swallowtail is NC's official butterfly; the NC Zoo opened in 1974 and is less than an hour from Greensboro but I had never visited before

The Eastern tiger swallowtail is NC's official butterfly; the NC Zoo opened in 1974 and is less than an hour from Greensboro but I had never visited before

All indoor attractions were closed due to Covid-19 as were the many playgrounds; all sculptures were covered with trash bags so kids wouldn't play on them

All indoor attractions were closed due to Covid-19 as were the many playgrounds; all sculptures were covered with trash bags so kids wouldn't play on them

The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater species of turtle in North America; it's also one of the heaviest freshwater turtles in the world

The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater species of turtle in North America; it's also one of the heaviest freshwater turtles in the world

Arctic foxes can often be seen trailing behind polar bears in the hope of getting leftovers; in 1978, Ham the Chimp, the first hominid in outer space, was moved to the NC Zoo from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C

Arctic foxes can often be seen trailing behind polar bears in the hope of getting leftovers; in 1978, Ham the Chimp, the first hominid in outer space, was moved to the NC Zoo from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C

The treehouse trek ropes course looked like fun but was closed due to Covid-19; the zoo was not at all crowded with guests consisting primarily of families with young children

The treehouse trek ropes course looked like fun but was closed due to Covid-19; the zoo was not at all crowded with guests consisting primarily of families with young children

The polar bear had to be hot with temperatures approaching 90 degrees; I was disappointed that the zoo had just the typical animals you would expect to see and few unique species

The polar bear had to be hot with temperatures approaching 90 degrees; I was disappointed that the zoo had just the typical animals you would expect to see and few unique species

Mud dauber nests look quite artistic; I wanted to see the largest collection of Alaskan seabirds in the country but the exhibit was closed due to Covid-19

Mud dauber nests look quite artistic; I wanted to see the largest collection of Alaskan seabirds in the country but the exhibit was closed due to Covid-19

Ocelot; currently the zoo is limiting attendance so you have to buy a ticket for a specific time; admission for adults is $15

Ocelot; currently the zoo is limiting attendance so you have to buy a ticket for a specific time; admission for adults is $15

I'm looking forward to seeing some grizzlies on my upcoming trip to the Rockies; those claws look very intimidating so I'll keep my distance

I'm looking forward to seeing some grizzlies on my upcoming trip to the Rockies; those claws look very intimidating so I'll keep my distance

The gorillas Lee and I visited in Uganda can't survive in zoos (fortunately); the male silverback in this troop eats 30 pounds of produce a day

The gorillas Lee and I visited in Uganda can't survive in zoos (fortunately); the male silverback in this troop eats 30 pounds of produce a day

The butterfly house cost $3  so I opted to skip it; it was the only attraction that cost extra and I wonder why they don't just raise the general admission ticket price to avoid having to charge for the butterflies

The butterfly house cost $3 so I opted to skip it; it was the only attraction that cost extra and I wonder why they don't just raise the general admission ticket price to avoid having to charge for the butterflies

The NC Beekeepers Assn is the largest in the country with 10,000  members; worker bees only live about 40 days while the queen bee can live up to 5 years

The NC Beekeepers Assn is the largest in the country with 10,000+ members; worker bees only live about 40 days while the queen bee can live up to 5 years

The giraffe reminded me of Lee experiencing the long black tongue of the Kenyan giraffes when he put food for the giraffes in his mouth and they would come take it from him

The giraffe reminded me of Lee experiencing the long black tongue of the Kenyan giraffes when he put food for the giraffes in his mouth and they would come take it from him

Lee and I should see plenty of bison on our upcoming trip to the Rockies; the NC Zoo is completely smoke free which was nice; most people were wearing masks even though we were outdoors with plenty of social distancing

Lee and I should see plenty of bison on our upcoming trip to the Rockies; the NC Zoo is completely smoke free which was nice; most people were wearing masks even though we were outdoors with plenty of social distancing

Elk like we see when visiting Cherokee, NC; the North Carolina zoo is home to one of the largest chimpanzee troops of any zoo in America

Elk like we see when visiting Cherokee, NC; the North Carolina zoo is home to one of the largest chimpanzee troops of any zoo in America

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