NC Zoo Sees Record Attendance

Jerry Blackwelder

NC Zoo Sees Record Attendance For 2015-16

The North Carolina Zoo welcomed 755,567 guests during the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the highest in 19 years and the fourth highest in the Zoo’s history.

Thanks to the arrival of male polar bear Nikita, warm weather and the growing focus on the Zoo as a Spring Break destination, the Zoo saw near capacity crowds in March and April. Heavily attended weekends in June also pushed attendance numbers.

Pat Simmons, director of the NC Zoo, said “We are delighted to see a significant increase in visitors for the last fiscal year.

“Growth in visitor numbers means we are reaching more and more people with our message of education, conservation and wonderful animals at the largest zoo in the world,” she added.

A field trip to the North Carolina Zoo is like no other experience. With five miles of exhibits, nearly 2,000 animals and 52,000 plants, it is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world and an international leader in wildlife conservation.

The North Carolina Zoo is located in the geographic center of the State in Asheboro. The Zoo’s website is


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