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Tulsa Zoo Celebrates Second-Highest Yearly Attendance

(July 22, 2015)

The Tulsa Zoo’s attendance topped 637,700 guests during its 2014-15 fiscal year, marking a milestone for the zoo. This attendance total is the second-highest in the zoo’s 87-year history, just shy of the 669,928 guests who attended the zoo in 1997 after the opening of the Tropical American Rainforest.

This record-breaking year can be attributed to the opening of the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve and to Zoorassic Park, our temporary dinosaur exhibit. Significant births also drove guests to the zoo, including the birth of three tiger cubs and a chimpanzee baby.

“We had an exciting year, which included the opening of the Mary K. Chapman Rhino Reserve, the first exhibit of our 20-year master plan,” says Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., President and CEO, Terrie Correll. “We are grateful to everyone who visited the zoo, and we look forward to another year as we continue to build the world class zoo that our community and animals deserve.”

Attendance is expected to remain strong as the zoo continues to implement new exhibits, such as the Lost Kingdom exhibit complex, which is slated to open in 2017. This complex will be home to some of Asia’s most rare and elusive species, including Malayan tigers, snow leopards, red pandas, among other animals. Lost Kingdom will feature an immersive setting, allowing guests to roam through lush gardens as they experience up-close animal encounters.

Guests can enjoy Zoorassic Park 2 through Aug. 31.