Nashville Zoo exceeded its daily attendance record by welcoming 18,019 guests on Saturday, March 31. The Zoo crushed its previous paid daily attendance record of 14,654 that was set last Eggstravaganzoo day on April 15, 2017. This past Saturday’s attendance also beat the Zoo’s overall daily attendance record of 15,089, which was set on a free admission day in February 2005.
“I’m thrilled people chose to spend their valuable free time here at the Zoo,” said Zoo President and CEO Rick Schwartz. “We attribute this record-breaking number to the beautiful weather we had during our annual Eggstravaganzoo, but also to the opening of our new Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear exhibit.”
Eggstravaganzoo is an event that includes more than 5 egg hunts for various age groups, as well as carnival-style games, bounce houses and multiple food vendors. This event is included with Zoo admission or membership. Expedition Peru: Trek of the Andean Bear opened on March 15 and generated a tremendous amount of excitement in the community, which helped to push Saturday’s attendance past our previous record. The Zoo has seen higher attendance than expected with the opening of the new bear exhibit.
The Zoo is finishing up the expanded parking lot construction, so it will be able to welcome larger crowds in the future. Workers are focusing on completing the renovation of the Sumatran tiger exhibit, which is expected to open sometime this summer. With the addition of tigers, the Zoo expects a strong attendance through the rest of the year with an annual record of more than 1 million visitors.
About Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo is a nonprofit organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. The Zoo is actively engaged in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the globe as well as in our own backyard. The Zoo attracts more than 980,000 visitors annually and is considered one of the top attractions in Nashville. Nashville Zoo is located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information about Nashville Zoo, visit nashvillezoo.org.