The North Carolina Zoo has its highest attendance on Saturdays and Sundays, with its lowest on Mondays and Tuesdays. The highest attendance months of the year are normally April and May. This is when they get the most school groups at the zoo. This past April the zoo had 162,000 visitors and in the May that figure were 123,000. The lowest attendance months were in December and January, when there were 9,000 and 12,500 visitors.
There are 18 major habitat clusters in the zoos two regions. The two regions are the African and the North American regions. Some of these are single exhibits, like Grizzly Bears or Chimpanzees, but others contain many exhibits within the cluster. The indoor Streamside exhibit has individual exhibits for trout, otters, owls, and a number of smaller exhibits for salamanders, snakes, fish, frogs, etc. One major exhibit can have a number of smaller exhibits within itself. The zoo has about 1,600 animals representing more than 250 species.
According to a study that was conducted in 2011 on the feasibility of building a third region it was estimated that the zoo generates $146 million in revenue for the area economy. This includes not only paid attendance and other spending at the zoo, but impact on regional hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other spin-off income generated by visitors. When the new region is built it will probably be the Asian region.
The North Carolina Zoo is considered the largest natural habitat zoo in the world. It is located near Asheboro, N. C.
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