The 60-year-old Akron Zoo rewrote its attendance records in 2013, park officials confirmed Friday.
During the year in which the $12.8 million Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit opened, 389,508 people visited the zoo, a 17 percent increase over the previous record of 332,960 set just a year ago.
The zoo reported several record-setting daily crowds following the July 20 opening of Grizzly Ridge — the park’s largest expansion in its history. On July 24, more than 6,300 people passed through the gates, obliterating the previous one-day record of 5,714 set in 1957.
Nine of the zoo’s top 10-attended days in history came this past summer.
The new exhibit covers 4 acres, and along with grizzly bears it features river otters, red wolves, bald eagles, coyotes and a walk-in aviary.
For more information about the zoo, go to www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.