Dublin Zoo (Irish: Zú Bhaile Átha Cliath), in Phoenix Park, Dublin, is a zoo in Ireland, and one of Dublin's most popular attractions. Opened in 1831, the zoo describes its role as conservation, study, and education. Its stated mission is to "work in partnership with zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the conservation of the endangered species on Earth".
Covering over 28 hectares (69 acres) of Phoenix Park, it is divided into areas named Asian Forests, Orangutan Forest, The Kaziranga Forest Trail, Fringes of the Arctic, Sea Lion Cove, African Plains, Roberts House, House of Reptiles, City Farm and South American House.
The Dublin Zoo opens all year long from Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. (closing hour changes depending on the month). You can get there from the Dublin Citi Hotel in just a 40 minute walk.
The zoo is part of a worldwide programme to breed endangered species. It is a member of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), which helps the conservation of endangered species in Europe. Each species supervised by the EEP has a single coordinator that is responsible for the building of breeding groups with the aim of obtaining a genetically balanced population.
Dublin Zoo manages the EEP for the golden lion tamarin and the Moluccan cockatoo. It also houses members of the species Goeldi's monkey and the white-faced saki which are part of EEPs coordinated by other zoos. The focus is on conservation, which includes breeding and protecting endangered species, as well as research, study and education.
One of the most important goals of Dublin Zoo is to educate visitors and conservation. The conservation of species is best accomplished through habitat preservation. To be successful people must understand the relationship between habitat and species.
Since all living organisms exist in communities made up of different plants and animals, Dublin Zoo strives to increasingly create habitats and combine species to create a more realistic, natural experience for their animals and a more exciting one for zoo visitors.
About 400 animals from almost 100 different species can be seen in indoor and outdoor habitats throughout the Zoo.
Animals and exhibits:
- African Plains
- Fringes of the Arctic
- Zoorassic World (Reptiles)
- Asian Forests
- The Kaziranga Forest Trail
- South American House
- World of Primates
- Family Farm
- Sea Lion Cove
- Adult: €17.50
- Seniors/Students: €13.50
- Children: 13.00
- Family: €49.00