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Discussion in 'United States' started by snowleopard, 11 Oct 2014.

  1. snowleopard

    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    The state of North Carolina has arguably one of the 10 best zoos in the nation, along with a surprisingly long and diverse list of other zoological delights. I was a little shocked to find that the state has at least 24 of America's approximately 670+ zoos. Have I missed any on the list below?

    24 North Carolina Zoos:

    Aloha Safari Zoo (Cameron)
    Cape Fear Serpentarium (Wilmington)
    Carolina Raptor Center (Huntersville)
    Carolina Tiger Rescue (Pittsboro)
    Cherokee Bear Zoo (Cherokee)
    Cold Blooded Encounters Reptile Zoo (Monroe)
    Conservators Center (Caswell County)
    Duke Lemur Center (Durham)
    Greensboro Science Center (Greensboro)*
    Lazy 5 Ranch (Mooresville)
    Lynnwood Park Zoo (Jacksonville)
    Museum of Life & Science (Durham)
    New River Zoo (Fleetwood)
    North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (Kure Beach)*
    North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (Pine Knoll Shores)*
    North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island (Manteo)*
    North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh)
    North Carolina Zoo (Ashboro)*
    Santa’s Land Theme Park & Zoo (Cherokee)
    Sea Life Charlotte-Concord (Concord-Charlotte)
    Tiger World (Rockwell)
    Tregembo Animal Park (Wilmington)
    Western North Carolina Nature Center (Asheville)*
    Zootastic Park (Troutman)

    * AZA-accredited

    P.S. The list only includes facilities that are open to the public.
     
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  2. zoo_enthusiast

    zoo_enthusiast Well-Known Member

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    I know this is an old thread, but there is one more NC facility that I came across - Sylvan Heights Bird Park (Scotland Neck) - this is a supposedly world's largest collection of waterfowl.

    That's said your list (and those for other states) is remarkable!
     
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    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    The list that I've compiled has approximately 700 "zoos" in the United States and thanks to you I now have a total of 25 from North Carolina. Cheers!
     
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    Wow! I wonder if you plan to publish similar lists for other states - I already saw your lists for California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, but I wonder if you have any more? I would be particularly interested in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
     
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    No worries mate!

    7 Maryland Zoos:

    Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo (Thurmont)
    Maryland Zoo (Baltimore)*
    National Aquarium (Baltimore)*
    Plumpton Park Zoo (Rising Sun)
    Salisbury Zoo (Salisbury)*
    Smithsonian National Zoo (Washington, D.C.)*
    Tri-State Zoological Park (Cumberland)

    18 Pennsylvania Zoos:

    Animaland Zoological Park (Wellsboro)
    Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary (Jim Thorpe)
    Claws “n” Paws Wild Animal Park (Lake Ariel)
    Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland (Allenwood)*
    Elmwood Park Zoo (Norristown)*
    Erie Zoo (Erie)*
    Insectarium (Philadelphia)
    Lake Tobias Wildlife Park (Halifax)
    Lehigh Valley Zoo (Schnecksville)*
    Living Treasures Wild Animal Park (Moraine)
    Living Treasures Wild Animal Park (Laurel Highlands)
    National Aviary (Pittsburgh)*
    Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park (Centre Hall)
    Philadelphia Zoo (Philadelphia)*
    Pittsburgh Zoo (Pittsburgh)*
    T & D’s Cats of the World: Wild Animal Refuge (Penns Creek)
    Wolf Sanctuary (Lititz)
    ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife Park (Hershey)*

    15 Virginia Zoos:

    Bear Path Acres (Franklin)
    Bug Box (Fredericksburg)
    Fort Chiswell Animal Park (Max Meadows)
    Leesburg Animal Park (Leesburg)
    Luray Zoo (Luray)
    Metro Richmond Zoo (Moseley)
    Mill Mountain Zoo (Roanoke)*
    Natural Bridge Zoo (Natural Bridge)
    Peninsula SPCA Exotic Sanctuary & Petting Zoo (Newport News)
    Reston Zoo (Vienna)
    Virginia Aquarium (Virginia Beach)*
    Virginia Living Museum (Newport News)*
    Virginia Safari Park (Natural Bridge)
    Virginia Zoo (Norfolk)*
    Wilson’s Wild Animal Park (Winchester)

    * AZA-accredited
     
  6. zoo_enthusiast

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    Thanks a lot!
    I see that I visited 5 out of 7 Maryland facilities (including the National Zoo which is technically not in MD but close enough), 3 PA facilities, and only 1 zoo in VA. Still lots to see:)
     
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    Thank you for compiling this information (we share a hobby). To add: Suzie's Pride Big Cat Sanctuary in Rockwell, NC
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