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Pittsburgh Zoo on track to repeat record

| Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, 12:00 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is set to repeat a milestone first set last year: more than a million visitors.

The zoo announced today that the millionth visitor to walk through their gates this year will receive a lifetime zoo membership, a $500 shopping spree at the zoo's gift shops and a behind-the-scenes tour for ten people.

The zoo credits its bounty of babies for the large attendance in 2008, which is now over 988,000. Last year it reached a million visitors with the opening of its Water's Edge polar bear exhibit.

"Water's Edge is very popular with our visitors, but this year it was babies," Barbara Baker, zoo president and CEO, said in a news release. "Everyone wanted to see the tiger cub, beaver babies and our two elephant babies. They are not only cute, they are really playful."

August's attendance of 220,761 was the highest monthly attendance ever in the history of the zoo.

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