baby-okapiAttendance at the Houston Zoo exceeded the previous year’s attendance mark by nearly 10 percent in 2014 with 2.38 million guests. In 2013, the destination welcomed 2.16 million guests.

Additionally, in its third year, the growingly popular TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights ushered in a record-breaking 298,554 visitors. That broke the previous record of 213,703 visitors in 2013.

“As we continue to delight and educate millions of guests, we are able to share our passion for animals with both Houstonians and visitors from around the world,” said Deborah Cannon, Houston Zoo’s CEO. “Our mission is simple, we aim to provide a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.”

Zoo officials expect 2015 to be another banner year with the opening of Gorillas of the African Forest Memorial Day weekend. The intricately designed space will hold two groups of western lowland gorillas who will spend their days alternating between an outdoor habitat filled with lush landscape that mimics an African forestand a multi-tiered night house that includes private bedrooms, an artistic 23-foot-tall climbing tree, and a behind-the-scenes outdoor yard.

“The tremendous support from our Houston community not only provides us with the funds to continue to improve the zoo, but allows us to truly make a difference in our goal of helping to save animals in the wild here in Texas and around the world,” stated Cannon.

The zoo’s continued evolution is part of a long-term plan for the nearly 100-year-old establishment. Also part of the organizations plan is an ever-increasing focus on wildlife conservation. With programs spanning the globe, the group is intently focused on solving word-wide issues pertaining to wildlife in need. While donations to the zoo’s conservation efforts are still being calculated for 2014, early results show that facet of the organization will also exceed previous years.

2 Responses to “Record Attendance in 2014!”

  1. Cheryl Trotter says:

    Thank you for continuing to do an excellent job in the care and behavior management of all creatures in “our” zoo. The great work the zoo folks are doing in conservation around the globe is vital in leaving a future of wonderful animals for our children’s children to enjoy and care for. “Our” Houston Zoo is amazing!

  2. You are really doing an amazing work by saving animals! Keep up your very good work.

    Valerie

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