A worker has died at the North Carolina Zoo, a spokeswoman for the zoo says.

The workplace accident occurred Thursday just after 8 am and was reported as a fall from a tree, a Randolph County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. Authorities have not yet identified the man. 

“The entire Zoo community is saddened by this loss and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of our team member,” spokeswoman Debbie Fuchs said in a release. “The Zoo is working closely with investigators to determine details of the incident, which was not related to any of the Zoo's animals.”

The accident occurred in the park's Africa section. 

The Zoo closed three hours early  as a result of the incident.

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