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The North Carolina Zoo shared a photo of one of its cougars exploring its newly-snow-filled habitat (Jan. 23, 2013). Credit: NC Zoo Photographer Jeff Owen

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Due to predictions of adverse weather, the North Carolina Zoo will close to the public at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 25.

The zoo’s adverse weather policy for staff will also be in effect after 1 p.m. Friday. Depending upon park and weather conditions, the zoo will reopen at noon on Saturday, January 26. If required, a decision to remain closed will be made by 10 a.m. Saturday.

For information on daily operational status, the public can call the zoo’s toll-free number at 1-800-488-0444 or visit the website at

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor.