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New features at the NC Zoo | NC Weekend | UNCTV


– YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW
THAT IF YOU VISIT A ZOO YOU’RE GOING TO SEE ANIMALS. BUT THE NORTH CAROLINA
ZOO HAS ADDED FEATURES THAT GIVE IT BIG
APPEAL FOR LITTLE KIDS OLDER KIDS EVEN THE TWEENS
WHO ARE SUPER HARD TO IMPRESS. COME WITH ME TO
THE LARGEST WALKING NATURAL HABITAT
ZOO IN THE WORLD. [BRIGHT POP MUSIC] – THE NORTH CAROLINA
ZOO IS AMAZING. IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND
IT’S UNLIKE ANY ZOO YOU’VE EVER EXPERIENCED. IT IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST
NATURAL HABITAT ZOO AND WHEN YOU HAVE A
CHANCE TO COME HERE YOU CAN SEE ON THE
NORTH AMERICAN SIDE POLAR BEARS AND COUGARS AND
GRIZZLY BEARS AND OTTERS AND ALL KINDS OF OTHER REALLY
FUN, INCREDIBLE CREATURES. ON THE AFRICAN SIDE, YOU
CAN LOOK OVER BIG VISTAS AND SEE OUR ELEPHANTS,
YOU CAN SEE OUR RHINOS. WE HAVE AN AVIARY
HERE, THE AVIARY HERE IS ONE OF THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL INDOOR AVIARIES THAT YOU WILL EVER EXPERIENCE. YOU REALLY FEEL LIKE
YOU’VE ENTERED THE TROPICS WHEN YOU GO IN
THERE, THE BIG PLANTS ARE COVERING OVER THE
WALKWAYS YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ENTERING IN ALL
TO THESE NEAT PLACES AND ALL AROUND YOU ARE
FREE FLIGHTED BIRDS. – [DEBORAH] VISITORS
WITH LITTLE ONES WILL ESPECIALLY
ENJOY THE AFRICA SIDE WHERE YOU’LL FIND KID ZONE. – [PAT] KID ZONE
IS A FABULOUS PLACE WHERE PARENTS CAN
ACTUALLY SIT DOWN TURN THEIR KIDS LOOSE AND
THEY CAN MAKE MUD PIES SPLASH IN THE WATER,
GET FACE TO FACE WITH SPECIAL ANIMALS THAT OUR IN OUR EDUCATION AMBASSADOR PROGRAM AND THERE’S LOTS
OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS THAT CAN HAPPEN THERE AS WELL. – [DEBORAH] KID ZONE
RESULTED FROM ZOO STAFFERS ASKING THEMSELVES HOW CAN
WE ENHANCE THIS EXPERIENCE FOR ALL OF OUR VISITORS AND
IT WAS THIS KIND OF THINKING THAT BROUGHT ABOUT
ANOTHER RECENT ATTRACTION. [ELECTRONIC MUSIC] – THIS IS THE AIR HIKE,
THIS IS OUR NEW ROPES COURSE AT THE NC ZOO IT TESTS
PEOPLE’S LIMITS, PUSHES THEM. TESTS THEIR FEAR OF HEIGHTS,
THERE’S SOME CHALLENGING UN-CHALLENGING EVENTS UP HERE. WE’VE GOT OUR PLANK
WALK RIGHT UP HERE WE’VE GOT OUR COMMANDO
CRAWL, MONKEY FIST. WE’VE GOT A SURFBOARD
THAT GOES UP IN THE AIR. WE’VE GOT OUR SLIDE TO NOWHERE
AND WE HAVE OUR ZIPLINE. – WHEN YOU COME OUT TO
THE NORTH CAROLINA ZOO EXPECT TO DO SOME WALKING,
THEY SAY IF YOU DECIDED TO COVER THE ENTIRE ZOO AND
ALL THE EXHIBITS IN A DAY YOU’D PROBABLY WALK
ABOUT FIVE MILES. YOU’VE GOT NORTH AMERICA
WHERE KID ZONE IS YOU’VE GOT AFRICA WITH LOTS
OF GREAT ANIMAL EXHIBITS AND SMACK DAB IN THE
MIDDLE IS JUNCTION PLAZA THAT’S WHERE YOU’RE
GONNA FIND YOUR AIR HIKE A 4D THEATER, THE
CAROUSEL PLUS TICKETS TO GET ON THE BRAND NEW ZOOFARI. [UPBEAT TRIBAL MUSIC] – [PAT] WE WANTED TO TAKE
OUR GUESTS INTO THE WORLD THAT WE AS STAFF
GET TO EXPERIENCE. SO WE CREATED ZOOFARI WHERE
WE ACTUALLY PUT YOU ON A ZOOFARI BUS AND LITERALLY
TAKE YOU OUT AMONG THE ANIMALS IN THE
AFRICA PLAINS EXHIBIT. WE AREN’T PUTTING
YOU ON A NORMAL RIDE WHERE THE ANIMALS ARE
TUCKED AWAY IN OTHER PLACES YOU’RE GOING RIGHT
IN AMONG THEM. – IT HAS 90 ANTELOPE,
SOME WHITE RHINOS AND SOME BIRDS ON IT. SO RIGHT HERE WE HAVE TWO
OF OUR GAZELLE SPECIES AND THIS IS GREAT THAT
THEY’RE SIDE BY SIDE. MOST OF OUR MALES
ARE YOUNG RIGHT NOW SO THEY’RE VERY PLAYFUL, ESPECIALLY WITH THIS
GREAT WEATHER HERE TODAY WHERE THE COLD
FRONT’S COMING THROUGH THEY’RE FEELING FRISKY. IT’S ABOUT 45 TO 50 MINUTES
ON THE BUS WHEN YOU’RE RIDING YOU’RE GONNA GET TO
SEE ALL OF OUR ANTELOPE OUR RHINOS, OUR OSTRICH, HOPEFULLY YOU’RE GONNA
GET TO SEE THEM UP AND INTERACTING
WITH EACH OTHER. I THINK THE VISITORS
ENJOY IT QUITE A BIT WE’VE BEEN TRYING
FOR A LONG TIME TO FIND A WAY TO GET THESE
ANIMALS CLOSER TO THE PUBLIC SO THIS IS EASIER TO BRING
THE PUBLIC CLOSER TO THEM. – [DEBORAH] AND BRINGING
THE PUBLIC CLOSER IS JUST ONE OF THE
ZOO’S CORE VALUES THAT MAKES IT NOT ONLY AN
ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION BUT A POWERFUL PARTNER IN
ANIMAL CONSERVATION WORLDWIDE. – [PAT] NORTH CAROLINA ZOO
HAS GOT PRINCIPLE CORE VALUES. EDUCATION, GUEST
EXPERIENCE AND CONSERVATION IS ANOTHER MAJOR CORE VALUE,
WE HAVE CONSERVATION STAFF THAT’S DOING RESEARCH, THEY’RE
ACTUALLY OVER IN AFRICA THEY’RE WORKING
GLOBALLY WITH PARTNERS TO SAVE ANIMALS FROM EXTINCTION. WE’RE ALSO WORKING HERE LOCALLY. – SO COME ON TO
ASHEBORO AND GO WILD AT THE NORTH CAROLINA ZOO. FOR NORTH CAROLINA WEEKEND,
I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL. THE NORTH CAROLINA ZOO
IS LOCATED IN ASHEBORO AND THEY’RE OPEN FROM 9AM
TO 4PM OR 5PM EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR EXCEPT
CHRISTMAS DAY. FOR MORE INFORMATION
CONTACT THE ZOO AT 800-488-0444 OR VISIT
THEM ONLINE AT NCZOO.ORG.

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