Palm Beach Zoo attracted just over 300,000 visitors in 2012, including 22,098 in November making it the number one November on record. The increased attendance is thanks in part to some new babies and popular zoo events.
Five fennec fox kits, twin golden lion tamarins, a bush dog whelp, and a tapir were born at the Zoo last year. Their births represent the Zoo’s success in a national effort to increase the population of vulnerable species. The Zoo also celebrated the first birthdays of its very rare and endangered Malayan tiger cub triplets. They are three of five Malayan cubs born at zoos in 2011. The Zoo also added two orphaned panther kittens to its Florida exhibit to increase awareness of this vanishing species. Only 100 Florida panthers remain in the wild.
Popular events like Safari Nights, Boo at the Zoo and Breakfast with Santa were big crowd favorites in 2012. The Zoo hopes to attract even more visitors with new events this year. Super Baby Saturday on January 26 will debut the new baby giant anteater, baby spider monkey, and baby muntjac. Singles Safari on February 15 will cater to young, single professionals in south Florida. Brew at the Zoo on April 27 will feature Florida-brewed beers and local cuisine.
Each event is another opportunity to advance the Zoo’s mission – to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat, and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world.