Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Lily the mane attraction as zoo has its best August ever

Belfast Zoo is celebrating after clocking up record visitors number this August - despite the miserable weather.



More than 58,000 people visited the zoo in August, even though it was one of the wettest summers on record.

Total visitor levels at the moment are almost 11% higher than last year, which itself was a record-breaking year with 258,000 visitors.

Visitor levels are now on course to beat the total of 284,713 recorded in 1934, the year of the grand opening of Bellevue Zoo.

Zoo manager Mark Challis said: "We have received the highest number of visitors in August for many years.

"The weather hugely influences visitor levels and with the recent bad weather we were concerned that this may have affected the popularity of the zoo, but the support we receive from our visitors proved otherwise.

"It seems that the events held in the zoo engage the public interest regardless of the weather conditions."

In August the zoo received over 58,000 visitors, 19% up on the previous year. The newest arrival, Lily the Barbary lion cub, has attracted huge attention, with website www.belfastcity. gov.uk/lily getting more than 1,300 hits in its first week.

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