Was it the beautiful fall-like weather, the new Caribbean flamingos exhibit or a combination of the two that drew visitors to the Nashville Zoo over the Labor Day weekend?
It’s hard to tell, but visitors came in record-breaking flocks — more than 25,000 to be exact — over the three-day holiday weekend.
Saturday, Sept. 4 set the one-day attendance record with 9,957 in paid attendance. That figure beat the old record of 9,754 guests set earlier this year during the zoo’s annual egg hunt, Eggstravaganzoo.
The zoo reports that all three days earned spots in the zoo’s Top 10 list for paid attendance.
“After opening the new habitat on Aug. 27, we’ve had a notable increase in attendance proving that flamingos are popular with our guests,” said zoo President Rick Schwartz. “The Labor Day weekend was a great time to be outside and we are thrilled that people are choosing to spend their time at the Zoo.”
Flamingo Lagoon features 30 Caribbean flamingos in a 15,000 square-foot oasis of lush greens and winding waterways. A donation from the Memorial Foundation paid for the new exhibit.
For more information, call 833-1534 or visit www.nashvillezoo.org.