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Zoo staff feed the giraffes on the Acacia Station Giraffe Deck at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. The zoo is opening again on Monday, June 15 after being closed for three months due to coronavirus.

The North Carolina Zoo is opening back up Monday, June 15 – but only in a limited capacity, with scheduled tickets.

“We’re ready to welcome y’all back on Mon, June 15th,” the zoo said in a Tweet. Capacity will be limited, so guests must reserve a spot for timed-entry & purchase tickets online.”

Several attractions will be closed as the zoo in Asheboro opens back up in a limited structure, and all guests must reserve a spot for timed entry. (Click here for more information on scheduling.)

“The biggest change is advance purchase of timed tickets for entry into the Zoo,” the zoo said in a release. “Walk-up entry is not available at this time; everyone must arrange their visit, including Zoo members or those holding previously purchased tickets. Any guests without an advance purchased timed-entry ticket will not be admitted into the Zoo.”

The zoo said the following exhibits and programs will be temporarily closed:

  • Indoor habitats – this is Seabirds,  Polar Bear Underwater Viewing and Ice Cave, Aviary, Streamside and Desert
  • Indoor dining — outside dining is available
  • Seasonal attractions — Giraffe Deck, Carousel, Butterfly Garden, VR Experience, Zoofari, Air Hike Ropes Course and Treehouse Trek
  • Education Smart Carts, Kidzone and playgrounds
  • Keeper Talks and Public Feeding Times

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.