Zoo nearly beats all-time attendance record
Denver Zoo served a near-record 2,050,819 people in 2016 through zoo visits and outreach education programs, the second-highest in the institution’s 120-year history. A total of 1,989,956 guests visited the Zoo, while 60,863 people participated in outreach education programs in schools, libraries and community centers throughout Colorado and Wyoming. More than 394,000 individuals visited or participated in zoo programs for free.
“We are thrilled to have had such a successful year and are grateful for our guests’ ongoing support,” says Denver Zoo President/CEO Shannon Block. “We strive to inspire all of our audiences to love animals in support of our mission.”
Much of last year’s success can be attributed to the Zoo’s traveling exhibit, “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” presented by CH2M. The poignant exhibit, which the Zoo hosted from September to January, featured 15 giant sculptures of marine life around the park made almost entirely from trash collected from beaches.
This is the third time Denver Zoo has reached more than two million people. The 2016 attendance number was just short of the record set in 2012 with 2,065,410 people served, largely related to opening of Zoo’s new exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage. However, last year, the Zoo surpassed the second highest attendance record which was set in 2015, when 2,037,036 people were served.
In 2017, Denver Zoo will open its new tiger exhibit The Edge, in March, followed by the unveiling of Dinos! Live at Denver Zoo, a travelling exhibit featuring 20 life-size dinosaurs, 18 of which are animatronic, opening July 1, 2017.