The North Carolina Zoo took to its social media accounts and told the public that the zoo is closed today due to a security threat. The announcement was posted a few minutes after 11 am Monday, March 27th. According to the zoo’s website, it would have opened at 9 am this morning. Guests and staff are currently being evacuated from the park.  The closed message is also posted as a pop-up on the zoo’s website. Local law enforcement is on the scene investigating the threat.

WFMY News 2 is reporting that a bomb threat is being investigated. According to the news outlet deputies arrived at the zoo shortly before 11 am this morning. The threat was reported to the department by a zoo employee who said they had received the threat electronically. WFMY also reports that the bomb squad is on the scene, and the perimeter of the zoo is currently being secured.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

List: 15 Places To Visit Animals In The Charlotte North Carolina Area

An interesting fact that you may not know is that Charlotte is actually the largest city in the country that doesn’t have a zoo. And there is very little chance we will ever get a true one. But don’t let that get you down, there are plenty of places you can visit with all types of animals in the Charlotte area. The biggest reason we will most likely never get a true zoo is that we are just 1.5 hours from both the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro and Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia.

Both of those zoos make our list and while both are large zoos, they offer different animals. For instance, you can see polar bears in North Carolina and Koalas in South Carolina. Is marine life more of your interest? Don’t worry we’ve got a couple of options for you as well. Other animals include bison, alpacas, farm animals, all sorts of birds, goats are more.

All of the places on this list are a short drive from Charlotte. Most are very affordable to visit so a great family trip as the weather gets warmer. I love animals but I’m not a huge fan of encountering them unexpectedly, so this type of thing is right up my alley. I can’t wait to add several of these to my summer bucket list. Where is your favorite place to visit animals in the Charlotte area? Let us know on social media!

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