Detroit Zoo sets all-time attendance record in 2016

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The Detroit Zoo "smashed" its all-time attendance record in 2016.

The Zoo announced Wednesday that it attracted 1,698,053 visitors in 2016, exceeding their goal of 1.5 million.

It's the 11th consecutive year the Zoo's attendance has surpassed one million.

The highly anticipated opening of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, coupled with great weather for most of the year, an expanded Wild Lights display and continued improvements in operations and facilities are all contributing factors to our record-breaking numbers,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) executive director and CEO. “We thank the community for another fantastic year and look forward to providing even more outstanding experiences in 2017.”

The Detroit Zoo recently announced two new construction projects that will be underway in the new year – the renovation and expansion of the giraffe habitat, thanks to a $1 million gift from Cynthia and Edsel Ford, and the renovation and expansion of the tiger habitat, made possible in part by a $1 million gift from the Richard C. Devereaux Foundation.

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