- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Zoo officials say more than 900,000 people visited the attraction this year, the highest attendance in the zoo’s 106- year history.

Zoo officials said Wednesday the goal will be to draw more than 1 million visitors in 2016.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1P7DePA ) the previous record attendance was 714,367 in 1998 after the new African section opened but the numbers fell to 386,835 in 2006.

Zoo visits began rising steadily with new amenities and exhibits, such as bringing in polar bears and penguins. The progress was helped when voters approved a $30 million bond issue for the zoo.

Officials are now considering improvements to the elephant exhibit and other projects.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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