May Day Bank Holiday proved overwhelmingly successful for Midlands based visitor attraction Twycross Zoo, as visitor numbers rose to the highest the Zoo has seen in over six years!
A combination of new exhibits, including Dinosaur Valley, and sunshine saw visitors flock from all over the country to enjoy a great value family day out.
Mary-Lorraine Hughes, CEO, commented: “We are a charity and were delighted by the support we received over the bank holiday weekend. Yesterday our visitor numbers peaked to their highest in over six years which is extremely encouraging for the fast approaching summer half-term (Whitsun Holiday), and summer season ahead. Zoo staff and keepers showed excellent team spirit and all departments rallied around to give our visitors a great day out.”
“We received some fantastic feedback from visitors which is testament to the number of new exhibits and improvements within the Zoo. Over Easter, despite the snow and freezing temperatures, we also saw some of the highest visitor numbers in years.”A combination of good weather, new exhibits and dinosaurs all added to the success.
Sharon Redrobe, Zoological Director, said: “The past six months have been some of the most transformational for the Zoo in recent years; we’ve unveiled a new home for our pair of critically endangered Amur leopards; a new Lemur walkthrough; a new penguin walkway and several other new and improved exhibits. Our Dinosaur Valley exhibition has also proved hugely successful.
“Our Zoo babies, including a four month old gorilla and newborn bonobo, also proved very popular amongst visitors. Experts now predict great apes will become extinct in the wild in less than 20 years’ time, so it’s never been more important for us to educate the public about their plight.”
“As a charity, every single penny we receive goes back into making even better homes for our animals and supports vital conservation projects based in the wild through our Conservation Welfare Fund, so the high turnout will undoubtedly make a difference.”
With a calendar packed with fun and exciting events for the summer season ahead to be unveiled over the coming weeks, and even more new exhibits in the pipeline, Twycross Zoo is eagerly anticipating some of the busiest times ahead!