Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Detroit Zoo: New wolf, #penguin exhibits on the way

By Khalil AlHajal
on January 06, 2015

ROYAL OAK, MI -- The Detroit Zoo had 1,363,949 visitors in 2014, up from 1,304,114 in 2013 and 1,272,574 in 2012.

The zoo's holiday Wild Lights exhibits gave the total a late boost, drawing more than 100,000 people, officials announced Tuesday. "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 Detroit Zoological Society CEO Ron Kagan in a statement. "We're grateful to our community for another great year and look forward to providing more outstanding guest experiences in 2015."

Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March.

A new wolf habitat is set to open in the spring, and the zoo broke ground last year on it's largest project ever, a $29.5 million, 33,000-square-foot penguin conservation center will be home to 80 rockhopper, macaroni, king and gentoo penguins.

The zoo also expects to attract more families in 2015 its biggest Dinosauria exhibit ever this summer, with 40 animatronic dinosaurs.


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