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One Million Mark Reached For Detroit Zoo Turnout

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Maple flavored ice treats, restaurant-grade smelt and sprinklers are on the agenda at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak on July 17, 2013. A heat wave has triggered a summertime ritual for the zoo animals aimed at keeping them cool and stimulated during the dog days of summer. (credit: George Fox/CBS Detroit)

Maple flavored ice treats, restaurant-grade smelt and sprinklers are on the agenda at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak on July 17, 2013. A heat wave has triggered a summertime ritual for the zoo animals aimed at keeping them cool and stimulated during the dog days of summer. (credit: George Fox/CBS Detroit)

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ROYAL OAK (WWJ) - The Detroit Zoo is seeing numbers galore with their visitor turnout so far this year.

The zoo reached a million visitors on Sunday, August 25 for its eighth consecutive year.

The final number of visitors that were logged at the end of the day was 1,002,425.

Earlier in the month, the zoo had another attendance record that was set on Saturday, August 3.

The single-day visitor turnout was set at 20,113 visitors.

Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director Ron Kagan was pleased with the interest visitors have shown with the zoo.

“There are thousands of ways to get Vitamin Z at the Detroit Zoo, as more than a million people have already discovered this year,” Kagan said.  “It’s very gratifying to see the community continue to support and enjoy their zoo.”

The zoo’s ongoing improvements and suitable weather have also been contributing factors for strong turnouts as well.

Increased attendance will be another mission for the zoo when it will throw its Wild Lights holiday light display.

For 24 nights, LED lights will shine on buildings, trees and animal sculptures throughout the front of the zoo.

The display is scheduled to run from November through January.

For more information about the Detroit Zoo and their events visit the webpage and check WWJ’s events page.

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