Asheboro, NC — Due to predictions of freezing rain and icy conditions Thursday evening, the North Carolina Zoo will be closed to the public on Friday, March 7.

Zoo staff  are asked to report to work as usual on Friday. With temperatures predicted to reach into the 60s by Saturday, the zoo is expected to resume normal winter operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the weekend.

For information on daily operational status, the public can call the zoo’s toll-free number at 1-800-488-0444 or visit the website at

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor.