Asheboro, NC — Due to the forecast for a winter storm including freezing rain and snow, the North Carolina Zoo will be closed to the public Wednesday and Thursday, February 12-13.

Under these weather conditions, zoo officials are concerned for both visitors and staff. Employees are asked to follow the zoo’s adverse weather policy on Wednesday and Thursday. A decision on Friday operations will be made Thursday afternoon.

In addition, the North Carolina Zoological Park Council meeting slated for Wednesday afternoon has also been cancelled.

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.