Last week I took a trip to the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, and had a great time walking around and viewing the wildlife and exhibits there. If you ever have the chance to go, you should. Definitely one of the better zoos that I've been to (OK, I'm biased). The exhibits are laid out well and the animals have lots of freedom of movement. Lots of things to see there, and if you care to look I have a sampling of some of the animals here: Zoo Pics. For those not wanting to follow the link, here's a few that caught my eye... I don't normally get excited about pigeons as potential photographic targets, but these long-term residents at the zoo are definitely an exception (Victoria Crowned Pigeon): This Elf Owl wasn't active in the middle of the day, and he purposefully chose a secluded spot to spend the afternoon. Decided to give it a try anyway... View attachment 91145 This Sunbittern seemed to be quite comfortable in his resting space: View attachment 91146 The Elks were relaxing in the shade, and this one didn't seem to care much for being photographed: View attachment 91147 The "Relaxation Award" though should definitely go to the Polar Bears. I could have spent the entire visit watching them play -- when they weren't resting, of course. View attachment 91148 View attachment 91149 There's lots more there than I've shown here. If any of you local folks (or anyone else for that matter) want to meet at the zoo for a visit, let me know! I will definitely be going back soon.