The North Carolina Zoo is an awesome walking zoo with gentle hills that give a great cardio workout and plenty of shade. We arrived mid afternoon and were surprised to see the animals quite active. I have never seen the bears walking around before nor the polar bears swim. The Rhinos were actually closer than usual, but by the time we reached the elephants, they were back by their "barn" ready to be fed. We did enjoy the statue above though. I'm afraid my youngest wants a baby elephant now!
My photography isn't the best as it was full sun. Most of the photos were taken through a clear plastic partition so a bit of a glare is visible.
The gorillas always fascinate me. They usually never turn to look at the crowd of people. But I got lucky. I was the only one still watching and three of them started walking around. When they do stop to look at a person, (above) it is impossible not to be spellbound.
The video below is fun to watch. They are so huge and powerful with such long massive arms, yet so delicately do they pull the grace and eat it...