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North Carolina Zoo Announces Record-Breaking 1 Million Visitors

Guests at NC Zoo looking at elephants.
Credit: NC Zoo

ASHEBORO N.C. – Today the North Carolina Zoo announced that they broke their all-time attendance record by welcoming 1 million visitors in the 2021-2022 fiscal year ending June 30.

If you counted each visitor that came to the NC Zoo last year, out loud, one visitor per second, with no breaks, it would take you 23 days to count all of the the 1 Million visitors who came to the NC Zoo last fiscal year. That breaks the previous record highest fiscal year attendance of 879,990 set in 2018-2019.

“We’re thrilled to welcome so many guests from North Carolina and around the world,” Zoo Director Pat Simmons said.

Coming soon, even more reasons to visit as the Zoo looks forward to building and opening Asia, its first new continent added to the Zoo since the North America continent opened in 1994. The groundbreaking is planned later this summer and is expected to open to the public in 2026,

“We are constantly striving to build upon our success through growing our programs and making our guest experience better than ever,” Simmons said.

Planning a trip yourself soon? On July 25th 2022 at 9:30 AM keepers will be celebrating C’sar’s 48th Birthday at the South Elephant Overlook. Find out more on our event calendar.