The Detroit News
ROYAL OAK -- The Detroit Zoo saw a slight increase in attendance in 2008, passing the 1 million mark for the third consecutive year, a zoo official said.
The officials said 1,114,221 people visited the zoo in 2008. There were 1,090, 544 visitors the previous year. In 2006, 1,001,737 people came to the zoo.
"The zoo remains a great experience and value, and some families probably stayed closer to home last year due to gas prices," Executive Director Ron Kagan said in a press release.
Wayne, Oakland and Macomb voters last year approved a 0.01-mill regional tax to fund the zoo, and zoo officials credited an advertising campaign pushing the tax with keeping the 80-year-old zoo on people's minds