Fort Worth Zoo welcomes more than 24 million guests throughout the past 24 years
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Fort Worth Zoo welcomes more than 24 million guests throughout the past 24 years

Attendance surpasses one million visitors for the 24th year 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.

Management attributes the year’s attendance to the debut of the 14,000-square-foot splash park Safari Splash, a Zoo-wide baby boom and the Zoo’s ever-increasing profile both regionally and nationally. The one millionth guest went through the Zoo turnstiles on Tuesday, Sept. 22 and was greeted with a Zoo souvenir package including Zoo bucks, Zoo water bottles, three elephant plushes and other Zoo keepsakes.

“This year’s births of three giraffe calves, three lion cubs, two jaguar cubs and one baby bonobo are not only entertaining and educational experiences for guests to enjoy but are also conservation success stories for their species,” said Michael Fouraker, Zoo executive director. “Even with record rainfall earlier this summer, the Zoo remained a popular family destination.”

The Fort Worth Zoo’s rich 106-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 $186 million for capital improvements.

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, 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 Travelers’ Choice Awards. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the 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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