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The Greenville Zoo generates more than $9.4 million a year for economy

Mar 12, 2013

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GREENVILLE, SC - March 12, 2013 - A recent economic impact study completed by the Clemson University Strom Thurmond Institute shows the Greenville Zoo contributes $9.4 million annually to the local economy.

The study was commissioned by the Friends of the Greenville Zoo, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide financial resource and advocacy support for the needs of the zoo. This study  complements the 20-year Zoo master plan that is currently in  development through a partnership between the City of Greenville and the “Friends.” This plan will redefine the Greenville Zoo and will
ensure positive future growth and expansion. The Clemson study also places the Greenville Zoo’s annual attendance between 250,000 and 300,000 visitors per year and its economic impact creates  approximately 151 jobs within the Greenville Zoo’s market.

“We felt it was important to capture how much the Greenville Zoo means to the Upstate community,” said Elizabeth Geer, chairwoman of the Friends of the Greenville Zoo board. “This serves as a baseline as we go forward.”

The zoo’s impact on the Greenville County economy over the years 2012-2025 is projected to average 193 jobs, $11.3 million in output, and $4.2 million in aggregated disposable household income in each year, according to the study. Local governments are projected to average $573,000 per year in net revenue.

The Greenville Zoo has operated within the City of Greenville since 1960. While the zoo draws visitors from around the Upstate and from the rest of South Carolina and other states, no prior attempt has been made to quantify the impact that the zoo has on the Greenville County economy or on local government revenues.

About the Greenville Zoo

The Greenville Zoo is a 14-acre facility located in beautiful downtown Greenville. Operated and managed by the City of Greenville, it  features hundreds of wildlife from all over the world including  giraffes, monkeys, giant tortoises and lions. Through engaging  programs, educational events and animal exhibits, the Greenville Zoo provides a wonderfully wild experience for the entire family that will  keep you coming back all year long. Learn more at  www.greenvillezoo.com.

About the Friends of the Greenville Zoo

The Friends of the Greenville Zoo is a non-profit organization focused on supporting the Greenville Zoo and its dedication to animal care, education, conservation and the overall enjoyment of the community.