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More than 1.3 million people visited Detroit Zoo in 2014

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It’s a well-known sight … families pouring in through the gates and spending the day among other metro Detroiters at the Detroit Zoo. Last year more than 1.3 million guests went through the turnstiles to walk among the animals, enjoy the fountain, ride the train and just have a great time.

This is hardly out of nowhere … it’s the ninth straight year with more than one million attendees.

The exact number of those showing up at the zoo’s gates last year was 1,363,949, which was up from 1,304,114 in 2013.

Wild Lights - Tunnel by Mark M. Gaskill

Wild Lights – Tunnel by Mark M. Gaskill

Wild Lights – the Detroit Zoo’s annual holiday light display – brought in more than 100,000 guests, contributing to the year’s numbers.

“Good weather for most of the year, excellent attendance for Wild Lights and continued improvements in operations and facilities were all contributing factors in our robust attendance,” said Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoological Society executive director and CEO.  “We’re grateful to our community for another great year and look forward to providing more outstanding guest experiences in 2015.”

Keeping the trend going is the name of the game for the Detroit Zoo.  It plans to keep the attendance figures at more than a million and push them still higher. The opening of the Cotton Family Wolf Habitat in the spring and Dinosauria in the summer are sure to boost attendance even higher in 2015.

So beware. Dinosaurs will be seen lurking in the outskirts of Motown … or at least 40 animatronic ones.

When Dinosauria was last at the zoo in 2011 it drew roughly 28 percent of visitors between May 25 and September 5. That year 1,217,200 visited the zoo.

Year after year the Detroit Zoo not only holds its place of prominence for the area, but actually grows its influence.

Come on in.

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