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According to WXII12, the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro said that it is permanently shutting down its bird aviary habitat.

It is over 40 years old and zoo officials say the domed structure requires significant repairs. This is due to the effects of high humidity and wet conditions. They said they plan to destroy the building. They are not sure if they will eventually rebuild.

In a statement, North Carolina Zoo Director Pat Simmons said, “For 40 years, the Zoo’s Aviary offered a special place to connect with nature. The free-flying birds and tropical plants served as an oasis for many people – guests and staff alike. It was a heart-wrenching decision to close the Aviary; however, safety is our highest priority.”

There are 93 birds of 33 species that are in the process of being relocated to other parts of the zoo or re-homed at other Association of Zoos and Aquariums facilities.