Zoo Says, Thanks A Million!

Posted Oct 26th, 2015 by Andi Norman  Category: Community Interest, General News, Toledo.com


The Toledo Zoo welcomed its one millionth visitor for 2015 today, Monday, October 26. Mr. Scott Hayes and his two children of Ypsilanti, Michigan were greeted at the Anthony Wayne Trail admission gate and presented with a wonderful gift package compliments of the Zoo and our community partners.

Mr. Hayes along with his two children were visiting the Toledo Zoo today because his daughter had the day off from school. When greeted with the prize package she exclaimed “I can’t wait to tell my friends!” The Hayes family was quite surprised at being the millionth visitor and Mr. Hayes said “we love coming here, we love the Aquarium…we love it here!” and when his children were asked which animal was their favorite, they both declared “All of them!”

The Toledo Zoo is a huge draw, bringing tens of thousands of out-of-town visitors to this area with guests from Michigan making up about 30% of the Zoo’s annual attendance. Overall, the Toledo Zoo brings $90 million to the region annually, supporting nearly 1,000 local jobs.

The Zoo attributes the exciting milestone of one million visitors to a variety of factors, including the re-opening of our newly renovated Aquarium; the addition of the Aquarium Adventure Trail cool zone and playground; the births of Wakil, the orangutan, Ting, the white-cheeked gibbon and Mei Mei, the Francois’ langur; the arrival of red pandas; tremendous community support and partnerships; and a variety of exciting special events.

The prize package included a Toledo Zoo membership; a $200 Key Possibilities card from KeyBank, the Lights Before Christmas presenting sponsor for all 30 years; a Tasmanian devil Zoo PAL, and merchandise from the Zoo’s North Star Trading Post® gift shop including a large plush octopus in honor of the reopening of the historic Aquarium earlier this year.

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