Asheboro, NC – Due to predictions of freezing rain and icy conditions, the North Carolina Zoo will delay opening Wednesday, Jan. 14, until noon.

Zoo staff should report to work as usual. Unless weather conditions are unsafe, at which point employees should contact their supervisor.

Normally, the zoo's winter hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., November through March. The public can learn about the zoo's daily operating status by calling the park's toll-free number at 1-800-488-0444 or by visiting the website at

The zoo is open 364 days a year (closed on Christmas), offering 500 acres of exhibits with special events year round. Visit for more information.

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor.