Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden in Evansville is expecting the one millionth visitor Tuesday at its Amazonia rain forest exhibit. The attraction opened in 2008 as part of a large-scale investment.

November 25, 2013

News Release

Evansville, Ind. — Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will welcome the one millionth visitor to Amazonia this week. According to Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden officials, based on attendance estimates (walk-ins and scheduled group tours), the one millionth visitor to experience the 20,000 square foot rainforest exhibit should occur tomorrow, November 26.

“When approached about marking this milestone, I was eager to personally welcome the visitor to Amazonia, which has been a great source of pride for our community,” said Mayor Winnecke. “I invite all residents from the Tri-State and beyond to visit Amazonia and enjoy exploring the balmy 78 degrees tropical rainforest on a wintery day or any day of the year.”

Opening in 2008, Amazonia was part of a large scale zoo addition that included a new front entry way, restaurant, and gift shop. Since this investment in the zoo, attendance has increased by 31% annually.

Established in 1928, Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is Indiana’s first zoo. For more general zoo information, visit

Source: Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden

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