Zoo sets single-day, March attendance records

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 1:25pm
Staff reports
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Nashville Zoo's cougar 'Jackson' checks out a paper-mache Easter egg during the Eggstravaganzoo event. (Photo by Amiee Stubbs)

Nashville Zoo set a new single day paid attendance record of 12,057 guests Saturday with its annual Eggstravaganzoo event.

The zoo’s overall attendance is also up this spring with March attendance numbers seeing a record 105,270 visitors walk through the gates, according to a zoo spokesman. Officials believe the unseasonably warm weather and the new DinoTrek exhibit have attributed to higher attendance numbers.

“The addition of DinoTrek has proven to be extremely popular with guests and certainly exceeded our expectations,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo president. “DinoTrek attendance in March was 200 percent above projections, and our overall attendance is currently trending 63 percent above projections. We are very excited that the public has responded so well to this unique exhibit.”

The previous paid attendance day record (10,398 visitors) was set last year, also during the Eggstravaganzoo event. The previous record for the month of March was 67,647, also set in 2011.