Zoo Closes Gates Temporarily as Park Reaches Capacity

The North Carolina Zoo near Asheboro closed its gates temporarily yesterday afternoon, marking just the second time in its history that the park reached full capacity and had to suspend admission.

Pushed to capacity due to attendance, the N.C. Zoo closed temporarily Apr. 1 to visitors, but reopened as guests began to leave the park by mid-afternoon." (NC Zoo photo by Tom Gillespie)

Pushed to capacity due to attendance Apr. 1, the N.C. Zoo closed temporarily to visitors, but reopened as guests began to leave the park by mid-afternoon.” (NC Zoo photo by Tom Gillespie)

Zoo spokesman Tom Gillespie said, “Spring temperatures in the high 60s, days off for the Easter weekend and spring breaks for students helped swell the park’s attendance to one of its busiest days on record.”

Final numbers have not been released, but 12,775 guests had visited the zoo as of 4:00 p.m. Monday. As some guests left, the gates were reopened so that others could be admitted.

The park’s one-day attendance record is 17,499, achieved on a free-admission day in 1994. Visitor interest has been piqued recently by some new gorilla babies and the opening of new animatronic dinosaur exhibit at the zoo.

NC Zoo online: http://www.nczoo.org

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