Asheboro, NC - The staff of the North Carolina Zoological Society is mourning the loss of Branson Joe Langley, the dedicated and beloved arborist who died in an incident at the North Carolina Zoo on July 18, 2019. We will miss him, and we, as an organization, have decided to honor his memory and his life by establishing a trust fund to provide support to his precious 9-year-old daughter, Maggie. “The Maggie Fund” will be used to further her education and help her achieve all the dreams that her father wished for her. 

Individuals can donate to The Maggie Fund, by mailing a check to the North Carolina Zoo Society or by making a donation online. Please address mail-in donations to The Maggie Fund; In care of The North Carolina Zoo Society; 4403 Zoo Parkway; Asheboro, NC 27205.  

Online donations may be made by going to the Zoo Society’s Webpage at We will begin accepting online donations for The Maggie Fund by noon on Saturday, July 20, 2019. 

Donations made by mail or online will be acknowledged by a letter that will be sent to the donor and a letter that will be sent to Mr. Langley’s family.

The North Carolina Zoo Society is a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises money and engenders public support for the North Carolina Zoo.

About the North Carolina Zoological Society 

The North Carolina Zoological Society is a private, non-profit organization that supports the North Carolina Zoo and conservation. The Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, Susi Hamilton, Secretary; Roy Cooper, Governor.