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Dallas Zoo sets sixth straight attendance record
Oct 19, 2015

The Dallas Zoo has smashed its all-time attendance record for the sixth consecutive year, with 1,028,516 guests visiting Texas’ largest and oldest zoo in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Exceeding one million visitors is a first in the zoo’s 127-year history.

“It feels great to reach more than a million visitors just a few years after privatizing,” said Gregg Hudson, Dallas Zoo president and CEO. “We’re honored that our community is welcoming our new concepts in the zoological field, whether it’s airing a baby’s birth live on Animal Planet or becoming the first zoo in North America to mix elephants with giraffes.”

“With each milestone the Dallas Zoo reaches, our city shines a little brighter,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “The zoo’s sixth straight year of record attendance, exceeding 1 million guests for the first time, proves that something special is occurring. The strategic public-private management partnership of the zoo in 2009 was a key factor in Dallas Zoo’s rise as one of the nation’s greatest zoos, and we know we’ll see even more great things at this iconic, 127-year-old zoological park in coming years.”

Since becoming a privately managed asset of the city of Dallas in 2009, Dallas Zoo attendance is up bynearly 340,000 guests. Visitor totals exceeded last year’s attendance by 85,316, or more than 9%.

Of the 228 facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the Dallas Zoo now joins just 30 other zoos to reach a million visitors annually. Zoo officials credit the increase to several key factors.

– One of the largest dinosaur exhibits in the U.S. called the Dallas Zoo home for six months. Giants of the Jurassic included more than 25 roaring, animatronic dinosaurs; the theatrical puppet experience of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live; and DinoSOAR, an interactive wildlife show presented by Kimberly-Clark.

– Dollar Day on July 16 drew 41,422 guests, setting the largest attendance record for a single day.

– Dallas Zoo teamed with Animal Planet to broadcast giraffe calf Kipenzi’s birth live. The event was seen by more than 4 million viewers.

– Giants of the Savanna was voted No. 3 zoo habitat in the nation – and the best in Texas — by USA Today’s 10Best, and the zoo was named one of the nation’s 10 best by USA Today.

– Named one of “10 Amazing Zoos in the World” by MSN Travel/Reader’s Digest.

– Named one of the “Best U.S. Zoos” by noted travel author Jon Wassner.

– The zoo earned a fourth consecutive Certificate of Excellence award as one of the world’s best businesses by TripAdvisor, the largest travel reviewing and planning web site.