FORT WORTH -- Delia Bernal rushed from one exhibit to another on Wednesday, her family trailing the feisty grandmother through the Fort Worth Zoo.
"I haven't been to the zoo in years," said Bernal, 56, of Fort Worth. "It's really different with so many new exhibits. There's so much to see."
Her daughters were glad that Bernal was wearing a bright tie-dyed shirt -- it helped them keep track of her in the crowd.
Half-price Wednesday during spring break is traditionally the zoo's annual high-attendance day. This Wednesday's preliminary gate count of 25,556 is just short of last year's record of 25,804.
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At times, traffic backed up on University Drive north to Interstate 30, and on I-30 east to downtown. To help with traffic all week, the zoo hired a dozen off-duty police officers.
This was the fifth zoo visit on Wednesday during spring break for the O'Neal and Luna family. They had 14 relatives in tow.
"We come for the kids," said Jason O'Neal, pointing to his son Isaiah, 5. "Every year my son notices something different. Last year it was the tigers."