OKLAHOMA CITY -- Spring break, nice weather and the new elephant habitat helped the Oklahoma City Zoo come close to breaking a one-day attendance record.
Oklahoma City Zoo spokesperson Tara Henson said 18,886 visitors poured through the gates on Wednesday. The single-day attendance record at the zoo was set during Spring Break 2010 when 19,700 people visited. SkyNews9 Pilot Mason Dunn flew over the zoo Wednesday afternoon and saw the paths crowded with eager visitors.
"It's the first beautiful weekday of spring break. We just opened our new elephant habitat and people are really excited about that. People really enjoy the value of the zoo. It's a safe place for families and they can have a good time," Henson said.
On Monday, attendance was just below 2,000. Henson said word has spread about the elephant exhibit and people are lining up to see it.
"It's been awesome. One of the words I literally hear is awesome. Amazing. Some folks have even said this exceeded my expectations. I don't think they envisioned the scope and detail of the exhibit."
Henson said the zoo planned the elephant habitat with the hope of expanding it in the future. The Oklahoma City Zoo wants to add offspring and one day, a male elephant to join the females.
"I think that's very exciting to people. I'm a native Oklahoma and this is very exciting for me!"