ZSL London Zoo welcomes its millionth visitor
Thursday 12 September 2013
ZSL London Zoo has welcomed its millionth visitor for 2013
An unsuspecting family were taken by surprise at ZSL London Zoo today as it was revealed that their two-year-old son, Henry Mitchell Davies, was the millionth visitor this year at the world-famous attraction.
Told of his exciting new status as he entered the Zoo, Henry, along with younger brother Tobias, mum Elisa and dad Antony, was whisked off for a VIP encounter with the Zoo’s playful meerkats.
Feeding the mischievous meerkats a snack of mealworms, Henry said: “The meerkats are really cute and this is great fun!”
Mum Elisa added: “This was a really lovely surprise, and I’m sure Henry will tell all of his friends at nursery what a wonderful treat he’s had.
“This is our first time at ZSL London Zoo, and it’s a visit we won’t forget!”
2013 has proved to be a bumper year for ZSL London Zoo, with the most successful summer for 30 years, following the incredibly successful launch of the Zoo’s brand new Tiger Territory exhibit, a 2,500sqm Indonesian-inspired habitat which is home to a pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers.
Visitors have come in their droves to see Jae Jae and Melati, the pair of Sumatran tigers, since the exhibit opened on 20 March 2013, and the summer heat wave triggered a huge demand for ice-cream, with one sold at the Zoo every ten seconds.
Communications director Rich Storton said: “Tiger Territory has been a phenomenal success with visitors flocking to see our incredible new exhibit.
“Reaching a million visitors and having the best summer at the zoo since the early eighties is a fantastic achievement, and every single visit helps us to carry out our conservation projects here and around the world.”