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A free day at the zoo brought out a stampede of visitors.

35,701 guests celebrated the Cleveland Foundation’s 100-year anniversary Saturday, April 26 shattering the old record set back in June 2011 of 24,746 visitors to the park.
“We are thrilled that a record number of Greater Clevelanders took advantage of our Cleveland Foundation Day. It’s a key goal of out monthly gifts to make the community aware of the nationally renowned assets available right in our own backyard,” remarked Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation.

This is the first time in nearly 20 years Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has offered a free weekend admission to all visitors, including entry into The RainForest.
The Cleveland Foundation Day at the Zoo was the foundation‘s latest gift to the community as part of its 12-month centennial celebration. Zoo staff and members of the Cleveland Zoological Society collaborated with 100 volunteers to make the day a success for local families. The free admission day coincided with Earth Day 2014.
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