NC Zoo to reopen Tuesday nearly a week after snow storm

From staff reportsFebruary 17, 2014 

— The N.C. Zoo will reopen Tuesday, seven days after it closed ahead of last week’s storm that dumped several inches of snow and ice.

Access roads to the zoo south of Asheboro have been clear for several days, but internal roads and walkways have not, said zoo spokesman Rod Hackney.

“We have about five miles of walkways, and a lot of those are in shaded areas,” Hackney said. “It just takes several days in a situation like this to get those cleared so that it’s safe for the public to come in.”

The zoo uses four-wheel-drive vehicles to get zoo keepers and maintenance staff to work after a snow storm, to ensure the animals are cared for, Hackney said.

Including four days lost to cold and snow in January, the zoo has been closed for 10 days this winter due to weather. The closures come during the zoo’s slowest time of the year.

“Most people don’t enjoy coming when it’s very cold,” Hackney said. “So in terms of revenue, we don't miss a lot.”

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