Fort Worth Zoo sets record one-day attendance
March 19, 2013
Spring break families flocked to Zoo on half-price Wednesday
FORT WORTH, Texas – On Wednesday, March 13, the Fort Worth Zoo set an all-time single day attendance record: Zoo officials determined that 26,370 guests visited the park. The previous single-day attendance record, 25,804, was set on half-price Wednesday in March 2010.
Zoo management attributes the record-setting attendance to the Zoo’s ever-increasing profile both regionally and nationally, half-price Wednesday admission discount, Dallas and Fort Worth ISDs’ spring break week and sunny but cool weather conditions.
“North Texas families once again turned out in great numbers,” said Michael Fouraker, Fort Worth Zoo executive director. “Nearly 117,000 people visited the Zoo over the nine-day spring break period, giving us not only a record-breaking Wednesday but also a healthy attendance for the rest of the week. We consistently heard from our guests that the experience was enjoyable. We’re proud to be a crowd favorite and appreciate the support this community gives us.”
In conjunction with the Fort Worth Police Department, the Zoo planned several alternate routes beyond the standard I-30 to University Drive exit and provided parking in several auxiliary lots surrounding the Zoo during spring break week.
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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