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Zoo sets attendance record two days this month with 15,389 visitors

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Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 4:56 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium broke its January attendance record two days this month, with 15,389 visitors.

“Normally, we wouldn't see an attendance record-breaking in the winter because of the weather, but January was a mild month,” said spokeswoman Tracy Gray. “But when it's cold and not snowing or raining, we do see people come into the zoo.”

The record surprised zoo officials, who budgeted for 11,000 visitors at the Highland Park attraction. The total of 15,389 surpassed the zoo's January high of 13,353 set in 2007 when it opened the Water's Edge exhibit.

This month's record follows combined attendance of 39,066 for November and December, the lowest figure since at least 2008 for those months. Last year, the zoo totaled 945,000 visitors.

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