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Penguins + Great Weather = Another Attendance Record for Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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“The two consecutive records are evidence that our Zoo is a top attraction in North Florida and South Georgia, ” said Tony Vecchio, executive director of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.  “More and more guests are coming from other states, indicating that our recognition for being one of the top Zoos in the nation is growing as well.”

To keep the momentum going, on Saturday, May 8, the Zoo will host the Safe Kids Water Safety Day event, to be held in its Play Park area in the Splash Ground.  Kids will learn about water safety while enjoying entertainment, activities and a visit from Jazoo.  On Mother’s Day, May 9, we are treating all moms, including our animal moms.  Moms can bring a coupon from our Web site at jacksonville.com and get in free on their special day.  On that same day, we will announce the Zoo’s winning animal mom in our “Wild About Moms” Contest.  There will be a celebration at the winning mom’s exhibit with giveaways for guests and enrichment treats for the animals.  For more information go to jacksonvillezoo.org. 

About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

For over 90 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been dedicated to inspiring the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experience in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection that consisted of one red deer fawn, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has grown to house more than 1, 400 rare and exotic animals and over 1, 000 unique plant species. The Jacksonville Zoo is a non-profit organization and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  It is open year-round, seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is located on Jacksonville’s north side at 370 Zoo Parkway, one-half mile east from I-95. The Zoo is open until 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays from March to Labor Day.  For more information on the Zoo, log on to http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org.

Officials at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announced that the Zoo set a new record for attendance for the month of April.  This was a “repeat performance” following the record-breaking spring break reported in March.  The Zoo’s recorded attendance total for April 2010 was 108, 270.  The previous record for attendance in a single month, set in April 2008, was 99, 025 and took place after the opening of Stingray Bay.    

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