LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There's a new attraction at the Louisville Zoo and it's not an animal.

"We've initiated [beer sales] because there was interest from guests that would like to have a beer occasionally when they visit and things are going really really well," says Zoo director John Walczak.

The zoo started selling beer Saturday for the first time, and the director says sales were steady all day. It's is actually something they've thought of doing for years but just finalized. 

On Sunday, the Louisville Zoo reported over $1,000 in beer sales from Saturday. Officials say they sold 196 beers with a 20 percent commission.

Some zoo-goers didn't expect to find beer there, but say it's a welcomed surprise.

"Actually at a zoo it's surprising to me because it's a family atmosphere," patron Bobby Sizemore said, "so many people are touchy about drinking about that, but I feel confident that it will be a responsible distribution. But I like it the fact that they are offering it, it's nice."

There are three beer stations inside the zoo.

Domestic drinks start at $4.50, while microbrews are six dollars each.

Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.