APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (WCCO) — It was a big year for the Minnesota Zoo.
The Zoo announced that attendance this fiscal year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) was its highest in its 34-year history at 1,369,515. Memberships are also at an all-time high of more than 45,000 households, which is over 175,000 individuals.
“Over the last five years, new and renovated exhibits and public spaces have transformed the Minnesota Zoo,” said Zoo Director/CEO Lee Ehmke. “We are gratified that our guests are responding to these changes in a big way: the three years of highest attendance in the Zoo’s history have all happened since 2009. And we are especially thrilled to report that fiscal year 2012 was our best year yet.”
The Zoo credits the strong attendance to popular exhibits, including “3M Penguins of the African Coast,” “Farm Babies” and “Tropical Reef.”
Upcoming exhibits include “Black Bears” and a seasonal Africa exhibit.