Date: October 27 2008

Contact: Tom Gillespie

ASHEBORO N.C. – The North Carolina Zoo will temporarily close its Forest Aviary and Africa Pavilion exhibits for routine winter maintenance beginning Nov. 3-7 for the Aviary and then Nov. 17-21 for the Pavilion. The closings affect only the two exhibits and all other zoo regions exhibits and facilities will remain open as usual.The yearly closings are necessary so that zoo staff can prune large trees complete renovation and construction projects and remove glass and caging within and around the two popular indoor exhibits.The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources William G. Ross Jr. Secretary; Michael F. Easley Governor.