ASHEBORO, NC­­— The North Carolina Zoo will be closed to thepublic on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 based on the winter storm forecast predicted for NorthCarolina. The storm is projected to begin early Sunday with deteriorating conditionsthroughout the day. The Zoo’s priority is to ensure the safety of our staff andthe 1,600 animals under our care.The Zoo is scheduled to be open normal operating hours on Saturday, Dec. 8, 20189 a.m. to 4 p.m.Please follow the Zoo’s social media sites and website for continuing updates.About the North Carolina ZooAt the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world’s largest naturalhabitat Zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals for the hundreds of thousandsof people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provides exceptional,compassionate care for the more than 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants that call ourPark home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wildplaces because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future.The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wildin the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protectnature’s diversity. Visit<> to begin your life-changingjourney.About the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural ResourcesThe N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agencywith a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resourcesto build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina.NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunitiesto experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolinaby stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history,conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism,and promoting economic development.NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two sciencemuseums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas,the North Carolina Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, theState Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Officeand the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship.For more information, please call 919- 807-7300 or visit<>.