Fort Worth Zoo welcomes more than 1 million visitors
September 05, 2014
Attendance surpasses benchmark 24 years in a row
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Fort Worth Zoo celebrates, once again, more than 1 million Zoo guests, an attendance benchmark that’s been reached every year since the Fort Worth Zoological Association assumed private management in 1991.
The 1 millionth guest went through the Zoo turnstiles on Saturday, Aug. 30, more than two weeks earlier than last year. Management attributes the year’s attendance to the Zoo’s ever-increasing profile both regionally and nationally, milder summer temperatures and the Zoo’s wildly popular Asian elephant calves, Belle and Bowie, whose birthdays were celebrated in July and August.
“The Zoo continues to offer guests a variety of entertaining and educational experiences that families can enjoy year-round” said Michael Fouraker, Zoo executive director. “The elephant calves are two of the big reasons people are visiting us and doing so repeatedly.”
The Fort Worth Zoo’s rich 105-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 in 1909 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, the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey and a top 10 zoo or aquarium by FamilyFun magazine and TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice awards. 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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