Zoos and aquariums could see ticket sales jump significantly in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the world’s first major storm, as demand surges to meet demand, according to Zoos International.
The industry is bracing for an uptick in demand and the arrival of Harvey-related tourism and industry-related spending.
“The demand will surge in the weeks ahead and we’re seeing an influx of people coming in from all over the world to the zoos, parks, aquariums,” Andrew Burch, a senior vice president at Zoos New Zealand, told CNNMoney.
“We’re expecting that to peak at around 300,000 visitors from this weekend.”
A lot of the demand comes from the US and Canada, where there are plenty of available tickets.
Zoos could see tickets go up even higher, he said, due to the influx of tourism.
Sales of the animals are already at a record high.
The total annual zoo attendance in the United States is about 3 million, up from about 2.5 million in 2016.
That’s up from a peak of around 1.5 to 1.8 million in the 1970s.
Zootopia has become one of the hottest films of the summer, and a record-breaking $1.2 billion has been made worldwide, according a report by Bloomberg.
Zoo tickets could surge as many as 10% to 20%, Burch said.
It’s a lot of people who are looking to go see animals, and there’s not a lot that is more accessible than seeing animals.
“The demand for tickets will probably rise, and I think the ticket sales will definitely rise, but we’ll see how it plays out,” he said.
“People will have to go to the zoo, but they’ll also have to travel.”
Tickets are available for all types of animals, from dogs to elephants to giraffes.
But the most popular animals are lions, tigers, and rhinos, which are in demand in the US, China, and Europe.
It will be hard to get an adequate number of tickets to all of those animals in a single day, according Burch.
“I would say the demand is going to be greater than we anticipate,” he added.
“You can imagine if we had a day with only lions and tigers, we’d probably sell out in five minutes.”
Zoos are already struggling with the influx in tourism and business-related activities, which includes the influx from Texas and Florida.
Many of the animal shows have canceled their scheduled dates due to high demand.
The animals can’t stay in the same park the same way they used to, Burch added.
The demand will be much higher than that.
Zookeepers are already trying to find more space for animals in their zoos.
Many zoos have already taken measures to limit the number of animals on display, and more are working on measures to keep animals safe and healthy.
For the first time, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing an end to the use of live ammunition.
“In our experience, a lot more of our captive animals are killed than killed by live ammunition,” said Michael Risberg, a wildlife biologist with the agency.
“There is not a single case of an animal that we know of in the world that was shot with live ammunition in captivity.”