Ten N.C. animal adventures you didn’t know

Did you catch Jennifer Bean Bower on WFMY yesterday morning? She joined the morning show to discuss a few of the lesser-known animal attractions in North Carolina, and we’ve got a few more to highlight for you today. You can find more about these sites (and 60 others) in Animal Adventures in North Carolina. The book is available at your local bookstore, through online booksellers, and at our website.

all-a-flutter Butterfly Farm

Monarch butterflies at all-a-flutter Butterfly Farm.

Llamacaddy: Head out to the green with a llama in tow, carrying your golf clubs. Children can feed and pet the llamas, and you can even trek out to one of the nearby waterfalls with a llama carrying your picnic lunch. (Brevard, N.C.)

all-a-flutter Butterfly Farm: Surround yourself with free-flying butterflies in the site’s flighthouse. Buy a lifecycle kit and watch your own caterpillars turn into butterflies. (High Point, N.C.)
Lazy 5 Ranch: Go on safari without a passport. This 3.5-mile wagon-ride adventure features 750 animals from six continents. You can feed the park’s wildebeests, water buffalo, yaks, and other animals that follow the wagon. (Mooresville, N.C.)
Thompson’s Prawn Farm: This is one cookout you can’t miss. Watch Joe Thompson and his team harvest giant Malaysian freshwater prawns, then enjoy the fruits of their labor, hot off the grill. (Cedar Grove, N.C.)
Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park: See more than 1,500 birds from around the world, including many endangered species, and learn how the park is actively ensuring the survival of these birds. (Scotland Neck, N.C.)

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue

Franklin poses for a photo at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue.

Horse Protection Society of North Carolina: Here, you can adopt a rescued horse, or volunteer to care for those recovering at the facility. (China Grove, N.C.)


Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
: Watch as Jean Beasley and her team of volunteers help wild turtles recover from illness and injury. Don’t worry; if you get attached to one, you can follow its progress on the center’s website. (Topsail Beach, N.C.)

Carolina Raptor Center: Observe raptors—or birds of prey—as you walk along a self-guided trail. On certain days, you can watch a vulture feeding or attend “PhotoWild”— a four-hour photoshoot with resident raptors. (Huntersville, N.C.)

Full Moon Farms' Ambassadog wolfdog

River, the "ambassadog" at Full Moon Farms. "Like" her on Facebook!

Natural Science Center of Greensboro: Discover science, technology, and animals at one place, in one day. It is the only facility in North Carolina to exhibit the South American maned wolf. While you can’t pet the maned wolves, animals at the Friendly Farm are happy to be petted and admired. (Greensboro, N.C.)

Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Rescue & Sanctuary: Attend a monthly “Howl-In,” where you’ll meet wolfdogs that can’t be placed in permanent homes. After the tour, stay for a potluck meal. (Black Mountain, N.C.)

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