In 2011, otters, cougars and bears were some of the city’s most popular superstars.Read the full article
The residents of the WNC Nature Center helped draw 92,000 human visitors in 2011, a record attendance since the center opened in the mid-1970s on a hilly site in East Asheville.
“This is the first time we have officially passed 90,000,” said director Chris Gentile. “I looked back in the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) directories from the past 10 years since the Nature Center has been accredited, and attendance was never reported higher than 85,000.”
A strong November and December helped put the Center up almost 5,000 guests over 2010, a 5 percent increase. The Nature Center is operated by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.