This is part of a series introducing student writers from Tri County Community College
When thinking of a small town the first scenarios that probably come to mind are parks, flea markets, an original restaurant or some small historical establishments. Well, what about a zoo? This is a real zoo that houses plenty of unique and exotic animals ranging from lions, tigers and bears. “Oh my” is right because here in our small town of Murphy, North Carolina we certainly have a wonderful and unique local zoo: The King Kong Zoo.
Murphy North Carolina is quiet, small, yet incredibly beautiful with its ever changing scenery and mountainous climates makes it one of the more perfect places to hold a local zoo. With all definite four-seasons to be assured in our area, the weather is most suitable to sustain the perfect climates annually for family visits and flawless living conditions for the animals.
The King Kong Zoo,which is located at the intersection of Hwy 64 and US 19/129 next to the flea markets, offers a wonderful place to hold celebrations, field trips, or just to take a tour to relax and see some amazing animals. The zoo is also weather appropriate with complete roofing to cover up for your visit rain or shine. It’s also very safe and protected against any potential danger by having enclosed walkways and grass dividers. King Kong Zoo has a large variety of animals that range from big cats like lions, tigers and panthers to other species such as bears, lemurs and apes. There is also a reptile house that includes spiders, lizards and snakes, a petting zoo and a small area dedicated to a unique collection of different kinds of birds.
The owners of the King Kong Zoo are father and son, John and Stanley Curtis. They moved here in 1989 from Florida and share between them 116 years worth of experience working with animals and running the zoo life. John Curtis offers informative and professional tours around the zoo viewing all the animals they have and telling about their breeds, backgrounds and how they raised them from the start. To top off all things great about the King Kong Zoo the price is completely affordable. Admission is $10 dollars for adults, $6 dollars for kids and free for children three and under. The hours of the zoo are regulated seasonally.
The King Kong Zoo is a fascinating and educational place to come visit. It’s very informative and a wonderful, friendly environment to be around. So whether you’re planning to visit, move or even just have the day off and want to get the kids out of the house don’t hesitate to come and experience the wonderful sites and animals of the King Kong Zoo.
Alura "Ali" Oberg