Zoo Reaches Attendance Milestone

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The Indianapolis Zoo says it brought in more than one million visitors in 2013. The attraction says it has reached that milestone in nine consecutive years.

December 30, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- For the ninth consecutive year, more than one million visitors passed through the gates at the Indianapolis Zoo in 2013.

The milestone occurred during Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union, which concluded Monday.

The Zoo has recorded more than one million guests every year since 2005, when the Zoo reopened its redesigned Dolphin Pavilion to include the nation’s only underwater dolphin viewing dome.

This year, guests flocked to experience the return of butterflies to White River Gardens in Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group. From March through September, thousands of butterflies filled the Hilbert Conservatory and tens of thousands of guests became immersed in the beauty of this exhibit. Other 2013 highlights included the ongoing construction of the International Orangutan Center; summer concert series Zoolapalooza presented by Firestone Building Products and Firestone Industrial Products and Animals and All that Jazz presented by Indiana Members Credit Union; Zoopolis 500 presented by the American Dairy Association; and ZooBoo presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

Monday marked the conclusion of the 45th year for Christmas at the Zoo, a tradition that dates back to 1967 when the Indianapolis Zoo became the first zoo in the country to host an annual holiday lights event.

The Zoo will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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About the Indianapolis Zoo

Located in White River State Park downtown, the Indianapolis Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. The Indianapolis Zoo empowers people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.

Source: Indianapolis Zoo