ASHEBORO, NC – The North Carolina Zoo will begin daily winter operating hours of 9 am to 4 pm, on Monday, Nov. 2. These hours will remain in effect until spring 2016, when daily summer hours of 9 am to 5 pm, will resume.

The park’s Africa entrance and parking lot will close for the winter season beginning Nov. 2, along with the parking-lot shuttle service, the connector trail between the Africa and North America parking lots, and the Acacia Station giraffe feeding deck. Visitors will still be able to use tram service inside the Zoo.

During the winter, Zoo visitors can view all the Africa and North America exhibits by entering through the North America entrance.

In addition to the Nov. 2 closings, the Endangered Species Carousel and the 4D theater will close for the season. This weekend will also be the last time for Zoo visitors to trek through Dino World and experience nearly 20 animatronic dinosaurs. The popular exhibit is also closing for the season.

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Weather pending, the Zoo is open 364 days a year, closed on Christmas, offering 500 acres of exhibits with special events year round. Please visit for more information.


About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by 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 science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit