The Zoo is open year round except Christmas Day.
April - October
November - March
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In the event of severe weather, the Zoo's operating hours may change. See the weather forecast for Asheboro, NC. To plan your Zoo visit, please check the Zoo's homepage for updates or call 1-800-488-0444. Ticket sales end one hour prior to closing.
Some of the North Carolina Zoo's animals, particularly the African species, are unable to tolerate very cold weather. For this reason, certain animals may not be on exhibit if temperatures or wind-chill factors are below 45 degrees F. Precipitation can also impact animal-exhibit status. If temperatures exceed the 45-degree minimum, affected animals may be placed on exhibit later in the day. Animals in indoor exhibits are not impacted by temperatures and may be enjoyed by visitors year round.