It was a milestone year for the Akron Zoo, which set three attendance records this past year.
A total of 398,878 people visited the zoo, toppling the former record of 389,508 set in 2013. The zoo also set a pair of records with its Haloween-themed Boo at the Zoo event, including a new single-day record of 7,550 visitors on Oct. 23. Overall, the six-day Boo at the Zoo event attracted 29,938 people, setting the record for that event.
This past year also makred a pair of new introductions as a Chilean flamingo chick, which was hatched in 2015, was introduced as an exhibit in May. Also, snow leopard triplets were born and introduced in June. Zoo officials also said, the popular Journey to the Reef exhibit attracted visitors before it closed in November. In addition, the zoo brought back its holiday season Wild Lights event for the first time in 16 years. That event ran for 19 nights from late Novembeer through the end of 21016.
"We are honored to engage the people of Summit County and Northeast Ohio through up close and personal experiences with nature that create connections between our community and some of the most endangered animals on Earth," said Doug Piekarz, president & CEO of the zoo, in a news release. "We are humbled and truly thankful to be a part of such a supportive, and caring community as we continue to advance our mission to connect your life to wildlife while inspiring lifelong learning and conservation action."
The zoo saw their largest crowds in June, July and May, when 62,244, 57,521 and 55,068 people visited respectively.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $7 per person. Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.