Despite the cold weather, people still gathered at the Erie Zoo to join in on the opening day celebration.
“It’s just a nice family zoo. It’s a lot of fun. My kids have always enjoyed it. They come for other activities,” said zoo visitor Brandy French.
Brandy French and her family traveled 30 minutes from Ohio to come the Erie Zoo. She and her family visits the zoo every year.
“There’s a lot of interesting things for kids to do like there’s the xylophone, steps… there’s the play area, the carousel,” said zoo visitor Morgan French.
During the grand opening of the zoo, people were able to get free perks including free admission and a free carousel ride.
“Even though the zoo is here everyday, people will still line up and they really support us,” said Emily Walsh, Communications Director at The Erie Zoo.
Walsh says there were about thirty people lined up at the zoo’s entrance before 10 a.m. this morning. And while the free perks at the zoo were appealing, Walsh says the animals are always a hit with kids and adults especially when they are new exhibit.
The latest attraction to make it’s way to the zoo is the lion exhibit but the full exhibit won’t be revealed until later in the spring.
“Our new lions… They’ve never been in a nose to nose. So we’ll slowly raise that tarp week to week so everybody feels comfortable and safe in their new home,” said Walsh.
And while seeing the animals are a major reason to make a trip to the zoo, some kids were there to accomplish much more than animal watching.
Melissa martin, zoo visitor
“We’re in girl scouts and we have a pets badge that we are trying to finish,” said visitor Melissa Martin.
Melissa was on an important mission today. She and her fellow girl scout, Anna Woodard went around the zoo and learned how the animals are cared for.
“We’re doing lots of things to earn it and it’s really, really fun,” added Anna.
If you are interested in taking a trip to the zoo, it is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.