Asheboro, NC — Due to the forecast for cold and windy conditions with  the chance of frozen precipitation, the North Carolina Zoo will be closed to the public on Wednesday, January 22.

Predictions for Wednesday call for temperatures to remain below freezing with the chance of a rain and snow mixture. Under those conditions, most animals in the zoo’s African region will remain in off-exhibit holding facilities through the day. Zoo staff will be asked to report to work as usual. A decision on Thursday’s operations will be made Wednesday afternoon.

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.