Riverbanks Zoo and Garden had more than 1.2 million visitors during its 2015-2016 fiscal year, breaking its previous attendance record by more than 200,000 people, according to a press release.
The zoo’s previous record of nearly 1.01 million visitors was set in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
"We are extremely appreciative to our members and guests for their unwavering support, especially during the last two years of construction," Riverbanks president and CEO Satch Krantz said in the release. "The Zoo has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, and the record number of visitors ranks Riverbanks among the largest zoos in the United States in terms of attendance."
The new record follows the completion of a $36-million park-wide expansion and development project, which included the opening of Grizzly Ridge and Otter Run last summer, an expanded gift shop, Waterfall Junction and Sea Lion Landing.
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Another landmark occasion in Riverbanks' history came earlier this summer when the zoo welcomed its 30-millionth visitor in June.
In addition, Riverbanks will soon open a pedestrian bridge that will provide guests with safer access to the zoo. The bridge, slated for completion later this summer, will cross over the railroad tracks between Riverbanks' new parking area on Rivermont Drive and the main zoo entrance.