Fort Worth Zoo sets record for spring break week attendance
March 28, 2011
Families flock to Zoo during sunny days of spring break
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Zoo remained one of the most popular spring break destinations in the DFW Metroplex, with an estimated 128,840 people visiting from March 12 to 20, 2011. This is record attendance during spring break, a period that has for the last three years become one of the busiest times at the Fort Worth Zoo.
The Zoo made preparations for spring break crowds by adding additional handicapped parking spaces, restrooms and additional staff to direct crowds. In addition, coordinated efforts with the Fort Worth Police Department provided traffic control for the week, lessening the impact on the city traffic systems. The Zoo also worked with the Fort Worth Fire Department, which provided a paramedic and EMT on grounds to attend to any guest medical emergencies, as well as other City of Fort Worth departments.
“We once again saw record crowds at the Zoo during spring break, though this year those numbers were spread throughout the week rather than just concentrated on our half-price Wednesday,” said Michael Fouraker, Fort Worth Zoo executive director. “We appreciate the efforts of the city parks department and especially the Fort Worth Police Department, whose officers worked tirelessly for nine straight days. They were instrumental in making the traffic flow faster, which kept people on the streets safe and got them to the Zoo effectively.”
Consistently ranked a top attraction in the DFW Metroplex, the Zoo was recently ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, and more than 1 million people visit the 100-year-old Zoo each year. The Zoo’s houses nearly 7,000 animals in its 64-acre park.
“Our Zoo is recognized nationally as one of the best in the country, and our attendance numbers bear that out,” Fouraker said. “Our spring break numbers have edged up for years, but for the third year in a row, we have seen a large increase. This is the place to be as spring arrives, and the citizens of Fort Worth, really the people of North Texas, have reminded us once again that they love having a top zoo in their own back yard.”
The Fort Worth Zoo is open 365 days a year and regular admission rates are $12 for adults, $9 for children (ages 3 to 12), FREE for toddlers 2 and under and $9 for seniors. Admission is half-price every Wednesday throughout the year.
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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