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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Announces Third Attendance Record
October 07, 2013 - Jacksonville, Fl -
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is proud to release the final numbers in the Zoo’s record-breaking attendance. The Zoo welcomed 816,705 visitors through its gates during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. This is an increase of 15,063 people from the previous year and is the third year in a row the Zoo has set an attendance record.
“Breaking an attendance record at the Zoo is about so much more than numbers,” said Matthew Fairbairn, chairman of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ board of directors. “To top the 801,000 visitor mark means that people who haven’t been to the Zoo in years have come back; people who have never visited have come to see what the buzz is about; and the many fans who love the Zoo are coming over and over again.”
The Zoo has had an exciting year with numerous births and acquisitions for several animal departments including Khan the Jaguar cub, Honey the giant anteater, Flicka the Grevy’s Zebra, Hamley the Reticulated giraffe, Pancake Tortoises, and Smith and Cooper the Magellanic Penguins. Also sparking additional interest in the Zoo from Jacksonville’s inaugural One Spark is Tiger Trails, part of the new Land of the Tiger exhibit opening March 2014 as part of the Zoo’s 100-year anniversary celebration.
“It takes the entire community supporting us to break the attendance record for the third time in four years,” said Tony Vecchio, executive director of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. “Words cannot suffice to express our gratitude for all of our guests’ never-ending support. We are humbled to provide this gift to all of you and look forward to another year of serving our community.”
About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
For nearly a century, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been dedicated to inspiring the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection that consisted of one red deer fawn, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plants. It has won national acclaim for its South American Range of the Jaguar exhibit and has the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo is a non-profit organization and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It is open year-round, seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Christmas day and is located on Jacksonville’s north side at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95. For more information on the Zoo, visit http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.