- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha’s award-winning zoo has reached a new milestone - its 2 millionth visitor for the year.

The zoo says 32-year-old Jacque Keys, of Omaha, and her two young children marked the occasion Tuesday when they walked through the front gate of the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

It’s the first time the zoo has recorded 2 million visitors within a year - a mark fewer than a dozen American zoos ever reach.

Zoo staff members, including zoo director Dennis Pate, gathered at the gate to welcome the Keys.

The family was also given a prize package worth about $4,000, including a $500 zoo gift card, a zoo-themed gift basket, a personal photographer for the day at the zoo and a two-year zoo membership.

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