Asheboro, NC -- A national organization says the North Carolina Zoo is one of the best in the world.
Association of Zoos & Aquariums CEO Jim Maddy says the zoo near Asheboro meets the group's highest standards.
Maddy praised the zoo after announcing his organization has again awarded accreditation to the facility.
The zoo has been accredited since 1984. Every five years, zoos and aquariums have to undergo a rigorous application process if they want to remain accredited. The process includes a detailed inspection and a formal hearing.
The North Carolina Zoo first opened in 1974 and has about 500 acres set aside for its animals.