The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium had a boom in attendance during the elephants’ debut weekend.
Zoo spokeswoman Dawn Ream said the zoo’s Saturday and Sunday attendance hit about 23,000 visitors over the two-day span.
People lined up outside the elephant family quarters to see five of the zoo’s six new elephants, which went on display for the first time Wednesday. The sixth, the zoo’s only male, is off exhibit nursing an ankle injury.
A 20,000-visit weekend is considered unusual for a non-holiday spring weekend. Last year, the zoo’s annual attendance was 1,677,434, or about 4,500 per day. Those numbers spike during summer and on holidays such as Memorial Day, Easter and Mother’s Day.