Tulsa Zoo sets new attendance record in past fiscal year

Posted at 8:17 AM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 09:17:16-04

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa Zoo says it's set a new attendance record with more than 705,000 visitors during the most recent fiscal year.

The zoo said Tuesday that it saw 705,332 visitors during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. That broke the previous attendance record of 669,928 visitors, which was set nearly 20 years ago.

Officials say the jump in visitors is attributed to increased attendance at special events, as well as special membership promotions.  Also this year, the zoo opened its Lost Kingdom exhibit, which features Asian animals including tigers, snow leopards, siamangs and Komodo dragons.

The zoo also opened a new "family den" to provide a space for nursing mothers, family restrooms and visitors with special needs.

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