Zoo Breaks Attendance Records


Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Sets New Attendance Records

 (Pittsburgh) (May 2012)—The lions are roaring and the elephants are trumpeting—2012 attendance is on a record-breaking course at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

 “We are so excited! Not only did we set two monthly attendance records but this year’s first quarter attendance is the highest in Zoo history,” says Dr. Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

The big news for the Zoo was the year to date figure of 181,469, the largest in Zoo history, breaking the 2009 record of 115,111.

The Zoo’s March attendance saw a huge jump in visitors at 68,691, shattering the old record of 49,349 set in 2010 and surpassing 2011 attendance. February also recorded a spike in visitors at 22,509, breaking the previous 2004 record of 19,717 and topping last year’s attendance by over 6,000 visitors.

 “The warmer weather was definitely a factor, says Dr. Baker. “But I also think visitors were excited to attend our winter penguin parades and meet our new baby gorilla.”

Visitors can also meet the Zoo’s newest family member, a 3-month old sea otter pup, rescued off the coast of Alaska. “The little guy is doing very well in his new home at Water’s Edge,” says Dr. Baker. “Visitors can see him in the sea otter nursery on the lower level.”

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is open to the public everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission gates close at 4 p.m.