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Riverbanks Zoo sets new attendance record

Elephants Pumpkin Smash at Riverbanks Zoo

Animals at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden enjoy the annual "Pumpkin Smash" on Nov. 5, 2016, where the baboons, elephants, otters, bears and more enjoy smashing and eating the popular fall fruit. (Video by Rob Thompson)
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Animals at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden enjoy the annual "Pumpkin Smash" on Nov. 5, 2016, where the baboons, elephants, otters, bears and more enjoy smashing and eating the popular fall fruit. (Video by Rob Thompson)

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has a new attendance record to boast about. On April 14, it set a single-day attendance record of 14,382 visitors.

This follows the zoo’s banner year of more than 1.2 million visitors during its 2015-2016 fiscal year, another record.

The latest milestone occurred during a busy nine-day stretch from April 18-17, when large crowds are typical at the zoo because many schools are on spring break, according to CEO and president Satch Krantz. During that time, the giraffes ate 6,496 pieces of lettuce, birds in the Lorikeet Aviary sipped 6,000 cups of nectar, and crowds downed 9,646 slices of pizza, the zoo said.

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