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KC zoo attendance shatters attendance records

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Pardon the pun, but people are "flocking" to the Kansas City Zoo in record numbers.

More than than 900,000 guests have visited the zoo so far in 2015, shattering old records and breaking new ground.

The zoo credits many of its new additions, both animal and physical, for the attendance hikes, including the opening of the Orangutan Canopy, the birth of chimpanzee baby Milo, gorilla baby Masika, and the zoo's new 10-year-old bull elephant, Tamani.

It all adds up to the highest attendance in Kansas City Zoo history.

“WOW,” exclaimed Randy Wisthoff, Kansas City Zoo’s Executive Director/CEO. “It’s heart-warming to see how all of Kansas City has embraced the Zoo’s growth since I began here in 2003. To imagine we’ve increased our attendance more than 90% since then and are heading toward one million guests is a tribute to all the support this city and surrounding areas have provided, Wisthoff said.

"Thank you Kansas City. Thank you residents of Jackson and Clay County for supporting the Zoological District. And, thank you all for visiting the Kansas City Zoo time and time again. We hope every day at our Zoo is a new adventure for you and your families and friends.”

The Zoo has enjoyed a 9% increase in guests since 2012, with 882,194 guests in 2013 and 886,220 guests in 2014. The zoo says it's working toward the goal of 915,000 guests by year's end.

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