Two different sections
There is an Africa Section and a North America Section. Within the North America section there is a new Australian exhibit. I only saw the African exhibit and that not even in its entirety. At 500 acres, the Asheboro zoo is the biggest in the US when it comes to space. So my advice here is, unless you have a full day and a lot of energy, don't try to see it all at once.
There are a few places to eat throughout the park, there are a few places in the Akiba Market and some at Junction Plaza. There are over 5 miles of paths through the park and they say that walking is the best way to view it all. There is also the option of a tram with four stops around the park that can get you around quicker to different parts of the park. A shuttle at either parking lot can take you between lots if you exit at a different place than where you entered.
A great little city
Located at the geographic center of the state, Asheboro and Randolph County are “the heart of North Carolina” in many ways. The region is loaded with scenic beauty, arts and crafts, shopping, an array of relatively mediocre restaurants, and much more.
Asheboro was officially chartered on Christmas day in 1796, and was named for North Carolina governor Samuel Ashe. In 1996, the city held a year long bicentennial. Some of my very favorite people in the whole world live there and I go there as often as I can but I really cannot tell travellers very much about it because I always seem to be with my friends. I will work on that. I do know that the North Carolina zoo is there and that it really does not have the world's greatest restaurants but you can get very good fare at the Silo Restaurant, a couple miles south of town on old Hwy. 49, which I suppose that I should disclose belongs to one of those friends and her husband.
Randolph County offers rich farmland, historic rivers, and is home to the Uwharrie Mountains, one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges. This natural beauty paints a charming and inviting backdrop for area attractions and events, and the rich cultural traditions featured in this area of NC.
Asheboro Zoo - Africa Exhibit
Here is a selection of animals that we saw and photographed. The only parts of the Africa exhibit that we missed out on were the R.J. Reynolds Forest aviary and the African plains, the latter of which we only got a glance before heading into the Africa Pavillion. This Rhino pictured here just looked exhausted. That or he's just lazy.
I was slightly dissappointed at how far off the Rhinos and the Elephants were, but their roaming space was quite impressive compared to the animals in the African Pavillion.
This guy, a wild dog, was asleep with the rest of his buddies inside the African Pavillion. After reading that these animals are nomads and subsist by searching an area of up to 700 square miles for food, I was surprised to think back on how small their pen was.
The Ostriches were huge and goofy looking. This picture was a lucky shot as they had been spooked before we approached by a group of kids and were running off.
The Baboons, I think, were the most interesting to watch. Their area was just outside of the Pavillion and nicely shaded. One female baboon was holding an infant baboon and preening him/her. Another, probably the dominant male (pictured here) looked like he was chewing on something he held in his hands. Meanwhile, young baboons played on the rocks looking so animated and agile.
This Eagle, housed inside the pavillion wtih another of his kind, didn't move much and you could actually go through a door into his enclosure and stand there right with him. I think Eagles are such majestic creatures and it was such a treat to get this close to one.
Another room of the pavillion held a glassed in pen with meerkats, who, contrary to popular belief, don't actually sit up like this to pose for pictures. They have a habit of doing so in order to see above the tall grasses in their habitat to watch for predators.
I wish the flash hadn't caught this guy's eye and made him look demonic but surprisingly he actually posed for this one. They didn't seem to scare too easily even though they did freeze up when they saw you. If you look closely you can see their odd shaped nose.