Zoo Atlanta Annual Plans and Reports
2013 Zoo Atlanta Annual Report
As we look back on a year packed with big moments for Zoo Atlanta, I wanted to take an opportunity to share just a few of the ways you helped to make 2013 great.
Everyone in the Zoo Atlanta family knows that weather can be our most formidable challenge. Last year was one of the rainiest on record in Atlanta, and yet we managed to close 2013 with one of our highest attendances in Zoo Atlanta history, with more than 850,000 visitors. Zoo Membership saw an appreciable increase as well, closing the year 10 percent higher than 2012.
How’d we do it? We humans can’t begin to take all the credit. Our beloved Zoo residents – more specifically, their babies – gave us the year’s greatest joys. We welcomed the births of America’s only giant panda twins, Mei Lun and Mei Huan; the first rhino calf in Zoo Atlanta history, Jabari; western lowland gorillas Andi and Anaka; Sumatran orangutan Pongo; Bornean orangutan Pelari; and four lion cubs. And these were just a few of the mammals!
In summer 2013, we officially broke ground on what will be a world-class destination all its own. Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience will open in early 2015, thanks to one of the largest and most successful capital campaigns ever undertaken here at the Zoo.
That’s not to say the animals did all of the heavy lifting; they had plenty of helping hands from hard-working humans. We saw growth across our education programs and public programs and our Volunteer programs. And in our extended Zoo Atlanta family – a network reaching states across the U.S. and families around the world – we saw significant boosts in our social media outlets.
Of course, all work and no play would make the Zoo a very dull place indeed. We celebrated the opening of our all-new Splash Fountain presented by Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. We entertained our fair share of grownups, too, with growth across all of our signature events.
These are all tributaries of the same river: a mission you helped make broader and stronger than ever before. While we continue to lead in our primary centers of excellence – giant pandas, great apes and reptiles and amphibians – our Mabel Dorn Reeder Conservation Endowment Fund allows us to make an impact on programs not historically represented in our targeted areas. In 2013, our support was extended to include black rhinos in Zimbabwe, red pandas in Nepal, alligator lizards in Guatemala and clouded leopards and other wild cats in Borneo.
There has never been a better time for us to be great – and greater – at what we do. Wildlife and wild places need us more than they ever have before, and your support helps us continue to be leaders at such a crucial time for endangered species and their habitats.
Thanks for a wonderful year! And as always, thanks for all you do for the Zoo.
Raymond B. King
President and CEO
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