The Tulsa Zoo says it's set a new attendance record with more visitors visiting during the most recent fiscal year.
The zoo says it saw 705,332 visitors during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. That broke the previous attendance record of 669,928 visitors, which was set nearly 20 years ago.
The zoo also broke the single month attendance record in June with 112,445 visitors. The previous record was 111,590 in May 1998.
Officials say the jump in visitors is attributed to increased attendance at special events, as well as special membership promotions.
Also this year, the zoo opened its Lost Kingdom exhibit, which features Asian animals including tigers, snow leopards, siamangs and Komodo dragons.
“As we rebuild the zoo we will continue to offer new and unique experiences,” says Tulsa Zoo President and CEO, Terrie Correll.
“With the opening of Lost Kingdom and the St. John Family Den, the Tulsa Zoo is delivering on its promise of becoming the world-class zoo our community deserves.”
The Lost Kingdom exhibit opened in early June. They also opened a new "family den" to provide a space for nursing mothers, family restrooms and visitors with special needs.