Zú Bhaile Átha Cliath – Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo (Irish: Zú Bhaile Átha Cliath), in Phoenix Park, Dublin, is a zoo in Ireland, and one of Dublin’s most popular attractions in Ireland.
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 usually between 4 to 5:30 p.m). You can get there from the Dublin Citi Hotel in a 40-minute walk.
The zoo is part of a global programme to breed endangered species. As a result, the zoo is a member of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP); helping the conservation of endangered species in Europe.
The EEP supervises specific species and each of them has a single coordinator. It is responsible for the building of breeding groups with the aim of obtaining a genetically balanced population.
This Zoo manages the EEP for the Golden Lion Tamarin and the Moluccan Cockatoo, also known as Salmon-crested Cockatoo. Additionally, Dublin Zoo houses members of the species Goeldi’s Monkey and the White-faced sake. In fact, these species are part of EEPs other zoos coordination.
Their focus is on conservation, which includes breeding and protecting endangered species, as well as research, study and most importantly, 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.
In conclusion, 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.
Animals and exhibits:
You can see bout 400 animals from almost 100 different species in indoor and outdoor habitats throughout the Dublin Zoo.
- 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: starting at €49.00
- Adult: €19.50
- Seniors/Students: €14.50
- Children: €14.00
- Family: starting at €53.00
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