ASHEBORO, N.C. -- The North Carolina Zoo hit a new attendance record in 2017.

The Zoo in Asheboro credits milder temperatures in February and popular attractions like Zoofari and the Air Hike Ropes Course for the increase.

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The Zoo also set a single-day attendance record on April 15th, when 15,250 people visited the zoo. Last year's attendance of more than 860,000 visitors broke a record set back in 1995. It was also a 7-percent increase from 2016. The zoo opened in 1974 but didn't start tracking attendance until 1981.

The Zoo’s five highest attendance years:
2017 860,148
1995 840,410
1994 811,655
2016 797,159
1997 764,720

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