The North Carolina Zoological Park is located in Asheboro in Randolph County, North Carolina in the Uwharrie Mountains near the geographic center of the state. At over 2,000 acres (810 ha), it is the largest walk-through zoo in the world, and one of only two state-owned zoos in the United States.
The NC Zoo has over 1600 animals from more than 250 species primarily
representing Africa and North America. The zoo has plans for expansion to include asian animals, which could include tigers, rhinos, and orangutans. Ramar, who is currently kept at Brookfield Zoo, was the first ever gorilla living at North Carolina Zoo, where he arrived in July 1974 from Cameroon. Hope and Carlos were the parents of the first baby gorilla at this zoo. He was born in March 1989 and is currently the leader of the family group at Lincoln Park Zoo.
The Forest Glade Habitat is the name given to the area where gorillas are kept. The outdoor enclosure covers a total area of half an acre (about 2000 m²) and has thick vegetation with trees (most of them surrounded byelectric fence). It is provided with some tree trunks structures to allow the gorillas climbing and an small lake. Although there is no indoor enclosure available for visitors, there are bedrooms used during night and on cold days, when the gorillas can not stay outdoors.