Asheboro, NC - The North Carolina Zoo will begin winter operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on Thursday, Nov. 1. These hours will remain in effect through March 31, 2013, when summer hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily will resume.

The park's Africa entrance and parking lot will also close for the winter season beginning Nov. 1, along with the parking-lot shuttle service, the connector trail between the Africa and North America parking lots and the Acacia Station giraffe feeding deck.

Visitors can still view all the Africa and North America exhibits by entering through the North America entrance.
In addition to the Nov. 1 closings, the Endangered Species Carousel, the 4D theater and the Dinosaurs! exhibit will close for the season Nov. 30.

The zoo is located on Zoo Parkway (N.C. 159), six miles southeast of Asheboro off U.S. 64 and U.S. 220. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens 62-and-older and $8 for children 2-12. For additional Zoo information, call 1-800-488-0444 or visit the zoo's Web site at The zoo is open year round except Christmas Day.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary; Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor.