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New at the zoo

Upgrades

- A $3.5 million to $4 million venue especially for children. It would offer a small water park, interactive features and fairy houses.

- A $3.5 million to $4 million rebuilt main entrance designed to get visitors inside faster and reduce congestion, especially during big annual events

- A $10 million renovation of the popular sea lion exhibit, with a glass front for better underwater viewing and stadium seating

- A $15 million Asian park featuring, the zoo hopes, Komodo dragons, orangutans and Tasmanian devils, among other animals

Popularity

- Riverbanks attracted 955,542 visitors during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

- Zoo Atlanta drew 794,400 visitors.

- The Charleston aquarium attracted 392,300 visitors.

SOURCE: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

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