Attendance, revenue up at zoo following elephant exhibit premiere

More people and more money. The Sedgwick County Zoo is seeing both after the grand opening of its new Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley habitat opened.

Sedgwick County Commissioners were briefed by Deputy Zoo Director, Ryan Gulker this week. He says both attendance and revenue are both on pace to set records this year.

Attendance is up 18% over 2015, 31% over 2014 and 42% over 2013.

The Sedgwick County Zoo is the state's number one tourist attraction.

Estimates show that the zoo will take in more than $8.6 million in revenue. That’s in addition to the more than $5.6 million it receives from Sedgwick County taxpayers, for a total of $14.2 million. That's a 12.7% increase over last year.

The zoo thanked the community for supporting the zoo, and the new elephant exhibit.