In a recent press release from the North Carolina Zoo, they had 761,964 visitors last year. This was the highest number of visitors since 1997 when there were 764,720 people went to visit the zoo and look at the animals. Last year’s visitor totals averages out to a little over 2,087 visitors per day.
Last year was the fifth highest attendance year on record for the zoo. In 1995, the zoo set its all time highest record attendance year with 840,810 visitors. This was the year when the zoo opened the North America Region.
The zoo officials gave several reasons for such a good attendance last year. One was the dinosaur exhibit, which was open for the summer. This was a “a temporary exhibit featuring 15 animatronic replicas of creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago.”
The zoo welcomed four new high profile births last year. They were a baby chimp in January, a new giraffe in July and not one, but two infant gorillas in August. The gorilla deliveries marked only the second and third births of the highly endangered primates in N.C. Zoo history. The first had occurred 23 years before.
You can go to the N. C. Zoo’s website to view the admission cost and stay up to date on the zoo news.
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