Fort Worth Zoo welcomes more than 1 million visitors
September 17, 2013
Attendance surpasses benchmark for 23 years in a row
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Fort Worth Zoo has another milestone to celebrate this year: More than 1 million guests visited the Zoo, an attendance benchmark that’s been reached every year since the Fort Worth Zoological Association assumed private management in 1991.
Zoo management attributes the year’s attendance to the Zoo’s ever-increasing profile both regionally and nationally, healthy spring break attendance, half-price Wednesday admission discount throughout the year and the births of two Asian elephants.
The Zoo’s nine-day spring break week in March welcomed nearly 117,000 guests, including a single-day record of 26,370 guests on half-price Wednesday. Halfway through the summer, two Asian elephant calves were born in a span of 30 days at the Zoo, giving guests two very big incentives to visit. Belle was born July 7 to Rasha, and Bowie was born August 5 to Bluebonnet. In addition to Bluebonnet becoming a first-time mom, Bowie’s arrival made Rasha a grandmother and Belle an aunt, creating a three-generation Asian elephant herd at the Fort Worth Zoo and a unique opportunity for Zoo guests.
“The births of Belle and Bowie have once again put the Fort Worth Zoo in the national and international spotlight,” said Michael Fouraker, Zoo executive director. “They are certainly two of the big reasons people are visiting us and doing so repeatedly.”
The Fort Worth Zoo’s rich 104-year history is rooted in wildlife conservation and community involvement. Thanks to community support and dedication to conservation, the Fort Worth Zoo has flourished since its founding with a handful of animals from a traveling carnival to the diverse collection of nearly 7,000 animals representing more than 500 species. Under management of the Fort Worth Zoological Association, the Zoo has opened 15 major exhibits and raised more than $120 million for capital improvements.
The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.
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