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Dallas Zoo sets all-time June attendance record
Jul 15, 2013

Nearly 92,000 people visited the Dallas Zoo in June, the most ever for that month in the Zoo’s 125-year history.

The total of 91,818 guests topped the previous record, set last year, by more than 4,000.

The growth in visitors has been spurred in part by several major initiatives this spring. The Dallas Zoo became the first zoo in the United States to combine elephants and giraffes in a mixed-species exhibit. In the sprawling Giants of the Savanna, giraffes, elephants, zebras, ostriches and impalas roam freely together, as they do in the wild.

Other new activities include:

–          Safari Nights, the popular evening concert series each Saturday featuring singer-songwriters and tribute bands and extended habitat hours through July 27.

–          The Wild Encounters Stage in the Wilds of Africa, where guests get up close with a different animal each half-hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

–          Safari Express at Picnic Ridge, a new trackless train for the Zoo’s youngest guests.

“It’s great that so many guests are enjoying the new Dallas Zoo,” said Sean Greene, vice president of guest experiences. “With the addition of interactive animal experiences at our Wild Encounters Stage and evening musical events like Safari Nights, this is another June for the record books.”

The Dallas Zoo also was recently named one of the world’s best businesses by TripAdvisor, the largest travel reviewing and planning web site. TripAdvisor awarded the Zoo its Certificate of Excellence as one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide, an award presented only to businesses that display exceptional hospitality and excellent customer reviews.