ASHEBORO, N.C.- The North Carolina Zoo's Africa entrance, closed for the winter season since November, will open for the 2009 season Saturday, Feb. 28. However, the park's winter hours, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., will remain in effect until April 1, when they will return to summer hours, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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