The North Carolina Zoological Park
is located in Asheboro
in Randolph County
, North Carolina
in the Uwharrie Mountains
near the geographic center of the state, approximately 75 miles (121 km) west of Raleigh, NC
, United States
. At over 2,000 acres (810 ha), it is the largest walk-through zoo
in the world, and one of only two state-owned zoos in the United States.
The NC Zoo has over 1,600 animals from more than 250 species primarily representing Africa and North America. The zoo is open 364 days a year and receives more than 700,000 visitors annually.