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Dublin: not just a place for nightlife but also wildlife!!!
Member Name: eagleeyechief
Date: 25/01/10, updated on 25/01/10 (92 review reads)
Advantages: Great layout, well maintained
Disadvantages: Poor range in shop
I know some people are totally against zoo's and don't encourage people to visit them. Their arguement being that the animals are captive rather being returned to the wild. I can see their point of view but on the whole I feel the majority of zoo's do a fantastic amount of work in helping to conserve wildlife in it's natural habitat, by the study and techniques they have learnt over the years working with these amazing creatures. Dublin Zoo is definitley in that category.
On a recent trip to Dublin my partner and I visited Dublin Zoo, which is located in Phoenix Park, and you can easily get there on foot from the city centre, or by bus (Nos 10/10A, 25/25A, 26, 66/66A/66B, 67/67A, 68,69) or by using the new Phoenix Park Shuttle to Dublin Zoo. Starting at Park Gate St, beside Heuston Station and the Luas Line, it takes a circular route inside the park, stopping at Dublin Zoo, the Visitor Centre, the Papal Cross and Farmleigh.
The Phoenix Park Shuttle operates 7 days a week. Weekdays 7am - 6pm / Weekends and Public Holidays 10am - 6pm.
The zoo opened in 1830 and is open to the public 363 days of the year, only closing on Christmas Day and St.Stephens day. Opening times are always 09.30 and closing in the winter varies from 16.00-1700. During the peak March-September the zoo is open 09.30-18.00. I advise getting there as early as possible to avoid large groups and school parties.
Admission prices are accurate for 2009, so check the website for this year www.dublinzoo.ie
Single Tickets Price
Child over 3 and under 16 Euro10.50
Child under 3 Free
Senior Citizens Euro12.00
Special Needs Child Euro5.50
Special Needs Adult Euro8.70
Student (Must show valid student ID card) Euro12.50
Family Tickets Price
2 adults + 2 children Euro43.50
2 adults + 3 children Euro49.00
2 adults + 4 children Euro52.00
Group Prices (In parties of 10 people or more) Price
Dublin Zoo MembershipAllows free admission to Dublin Zoo for one year. Dublin Zoo members are also admitted free to Fota Wildlife Park (Cork), as well as Chester Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo and Paignton Zoo in the UK! Individual Membership is suitable for two adults.
Membership Type Price
Family Membership Cover:
Member + 3 Adults or
Member + 2 Adults + 2 Children or
Member + 1 Adult + 4 Children or
Member + 6 Children
The layout of the zoo is very good, and is a very enjoyable walk between enclosures. The array of animals is great with everything from A to Z, Afican Hunting Dog to Zebra with everything inbetween. When visiting a zoo I usually get round quite early and quickly first to get any photos without peoples hands and heads bobbing in the way, so I always go for the most popular enclosures first; big cats, primates, penguins & meerkats. I then normally take a break followed by a more steady walk round to have more time at each enclosure.
After we entered the zoo we turned left and followed the path and the first enclosure we came across was the the Sumatran Tiger, now the really good thing about Dublin Zoo is that on some of the enclosures they have clear glass, full height sections right next to the path so it is possible to really get up close to some of the animals if they want to. We did notice the tiger kept pacing along this section. As it was quiet it was a great photo opportunity to get my partner in shot with the tiger to give an idea of scale. She knelt down at the path and sure enough the tiger wandered past and it made for a great photo, but as soon as the photo had been taken the tiger had decided to do a full stretch up against the glass and must have easily reached the 7ft mark. As my partner looked round she got a bit of a shock and the quickened heart rate certainly woke her up that morning!! :-)
Another favourite on our trip round was the otter, these creatures fascinate me. I do have some living in the river only a couple of miles from my home, but as yet I have not been fortunate to spot them. So seeing this little character darting about its enclosure and getting up close to the glass because of its curiousity was really excellent.
Dublin Zoo has worked hard to maintain excellent standards of habitat for their animals, and some of the conservation work/presentations were really very good. They are constantly looking for ways to improve and keep people coming back to help support them.
Everybody will have their own personal favourites and young or old Dublin Zoo is a great place to visit. You will not be short of places to stop and get a drink or bite to eat either.There are several cafes and kiosk around the zoo serving delicious sandwiches, hot coffee, pizza, ice cream but on our visit we decided due to the weather to try the Meerkat Restaurant. They serve a range of food to suit every taste and while you sit there the Meerkats watch your every move, very entertaining. Simples!!!
Worth a return visit, next time I'm in Dublin!!
Summary: Dublin: not just a place for nightlife but also wildlife!!! Great place to visit
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