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Abilene Zoo breaks attendance record

Published On: Oct 03 2013 02:58:30 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 03 2013 02:58:37 PM CDT
Abilene Zoo
ABILENE, Texas -

The Abilene Zoo set a record for attendance during the just-ended 2013 fiscal year, drawing 224,805 visitors and beating the previous record established a year earlier by more than 7,000 visitors.

Zoo officials made the announcement in a news release Thursday.

The new fiscal year began Oct. 1.

During fiscal 2012, the zoo drew a then-record 217,103 visitors. Attendance has continued to grow since the zoo attracted 114,328 visitors in 2005.

“Our dedicated zoo staff has worked hard to make our zoo a memorable experience for our visitors,” Zoo Director Bill Gersonde said in a news release.

“We are delighted with the Big Country’s response.”

Gersonde said the opening of the zoo’s Caribbean Cove exhibit and its black-footed ferret exhibit were major factors in the increase in attendance.

“But the overall improvement in the guest experience played a big part, too,” Gersonde said.

The Abilene Zoo is generally recognized as Abilene’s No. 1 attraction.