Visits to the North Carolina Zoo, the Greensboro Science Center, and the Riverbanks Zoo

During my recent Greensboro, NC/Columbia, SC/Cowpens National Battlefield Road Trip, I visited three zoos: The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC; the Greensboro Science Center (more like a blend of museum, aquarium, and zoo) in Greensboro, NC; and the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. I’ve been to the Riverbanks Zoo numerous times, and I’m an annual member there, but these were the first times I’ve been to the North Carolina Zoo and the Greensboro Science Center. I enjoyed my visits and got to see some animals for the first time in person, such as the North Carolina Zoo’s Polar Bear and Artic Fox. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of good photos because my DSLR back developed a problem and corrupted two different SD cards with the photos on them. It was so disappointing because it’s what I had taken some great photos of the Bison, Wapiti, Elephants, and other animals from the North Carolina Zoo with.

Some of you may be familiar with the North Carolina Zoo from the National Geographic Channel program that featured them a couple of years ago. It’s huge, the biggest zoo I’ve visited, and consists of a North American section (split up into various regions of North America) and an Africa section. They’re also building an Asia section that I can’t wait to see; it will be a good excuse for a return visit to make up for the photos I lost on this trip! Below is a slideshow of some of the photos I took with my phone:

The Greensboro Science Center is a blend of aquarium, museum, and zoo and is located next to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in Greensboro, NC. Unfortunately, not all of their animals came out because of how cold it was on the morning I visited, but it was still a fun visit; I got to see an animal I hadn’t seen in person in quite a while – a Red Panda. It was also fun to watch their Servals chase each other around their exhibit. I also saw Pygmy Hippos in person for the first time. The aquarium was a treat, because a visit to one is always a relaxing experience.

One of the Riverbanks Zoo‘s Koalas gave birth a while back and recently, the joey is old enough to go out on exhibit; seeing it was the highlight of this visit to the zoo. It was also fun to see one of the other Koalas actually moving around; they’re usually sleeping when I visit. Something I noticed during this visit is that the Riverbanks Zoo’s UHF repeaters weren’t being used. I noticed that Zoo staff were carrying what looked like new Kenwood handheld radios that appeared to have FleetTalk Carolinas branding on them, so it seems that they’ve switched over to talkgroups on that system. The radio I had on me at the time, a Uniden BCD436HP, was not tracking the system properly as downloaded from RadioReference, so I couldn’t confirm that they’re on FleetTalk Carolinas. On my next trip I’ll carry the Whistler TRX-1 instead and see what I can find.

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