The Buffalo Zoo's attendance last year was its highest in nearly 30 years, topping the 2015 attendance by 52,000.
The zoo attracted 538,100 visitors – the most since 545,800 visitors came in 1987.
“2016 was a great year for the zoo,” president and CEO Donna Fernandes said in a statement. "We were very excited to announce our many animal births with the community. I’d like to thank our incredibly dedicated staff and all those zoo visitors for making this a milestone year.”
Among the births were the first African lion cubs born at the zoo in 25 years.
Continued interest in the new Arctic Edge exhibit, better-than-expected weather and revamped marketing initiatives all contributed to the zoo’s overall attendance, officials said.
The zoo's Polar Bear Days winter promotion continues through the end of February with $5 tickets. For more information, visit www.buffalozoo.org.