Over 300,000 people visited the LR Zoo in 2011, which was the highest attendance in over ten years. Daily attendance was 286,815, which was a 16.7% increase over 2010. When special events were factored in, the attendance figures rose to 307,437.
According to Zoo director Mike Blakely, “There’s no doubt that the public is very excited about the new penguin exhibit and that more people are returning to the Zoo to see the penguins,” he said. “The Zoo also features more daily activities and events such as the Wild Wonders Animal Show and animal encounters that give guests an up-close-and-personal learning experience with animals.”