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Dublin Zoo is offering a whopping 50 percent discount* on adult tickets to celebrate welcoming their one millionth visitor to the Zoo this year.

The offer will be valid seven days a week from Saturday, November 30 right up until the end of the year, December 31.

Leo Oosterweghel, Director of Dublin Zoo commented “We are absolutely thrilled to have welcomed our one millionth visitor to Dublin Zoo this year. 2019 was an amazing year for the Zoo with the opening of the new wolf habitat ‘Wolves in the Woods’ as well as numerous new births including two western lowland gorilla babies, two Rothschild giraffe calves and California sea lion pups, along with the return of ‘The Zoo’ TV series. To thank everyone for their continued support we’re delighted to offer adults half price tickets for the month of December.”

*Discounted tickets must be purchased in person at the Dublin Zoo Ticket Office and are not available to buy online. Discounted tickets are applicable to full price adult tickets only.

Dublin Zoo opens daily from 9.30am-4.00pm.


Dublin Zoo is offering HALF PRICE entry this Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 to celebrate World Animal Day.


World Animal Day, marked annually on October 4, is an international day of action which aims to raise awareness of animals with a focus on endangered species, protecting natural habitats and supporting animal welfare. 

To celebrate World Animal Day, Dublin Zoo will also have lots of family-friendly activities for visitors to enjoy this weekend (October 5 & 6) from 12-4pm including arts and crafts, face painting, keeper talks as well as lots of opportunities to learn fun and interesting facts about animals. 

*Discounted tickets must be purchased in person at the Dublin Zoo Ticket Office and are not available to buy online. Discounted tickets are applicable to full price adult, child and family tickets only, groups and concessions not included.

 Dublin Zoo opens daily from 9.30am-5.30pm.



Dublin Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Rothschild giraffe calf. Born in the early hours of Thursday, September 12, the healthy giraffe calf stands at 1.8 meters tall and weighs an estimated 60kg. The newborn joins the rest of the giraffe herd at Dublin Zoo, along with its mother Casey and father Tafari, in the African Savanna.

 Zoo Keeper at Dublin Zoo, Pamela O’Brien said: “We are very excited about the latest addition to the giraffe herd. Casey, his mother is doing an excellent job and is very attentive to her newborn. The calf is full of energy and very inquisitive!”

The Rothschild giraffe is one of the most threatened of the nine sub-species of giraffe. Rothschild male giraffes grow to six metres in height and can weigh over 2000kg. Fewer than 670 remain in the wild.

Giraffe House Challenge

To celebrate the new arrival and Science Week 2019, Dublin Zoo is calling upon young designers to participate in ‘The Giraffe House Challenge’. This innovative competition tasks budding young designers to try their hand at creating a new giraffe house.

To enter, students will sign up to a one-day programme at Dublin Zoo where they will learn from a team of experts including zookeepers, engineers and sustainability experts before setting on their challenge to design a new giraffe house.

‘The Giraffe House Challenge’ takes place from Monday, November 4 to Friday, November 8 and Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 2019 in Dublin Zoo. The programme has been specifically designed for 3rd – 6th class primary students and 1st to transition year secondary students.

The winner will receive an incredible €2,000 off their school’s electricity bill for a year and runners up will secure a trip to W5 in Belfast for their entire class, with thanks to SSE Airtricity. SSE Airtricity is Ireland’s largest provider of 100 percent green energy and sustainability partner to Dublin Zoo.



Dublin Zoo today opened “Wolves in the Woods”, a new habitat which will be home to the pack of seven grey wolves. 

Wolves in the Woods is a large and stimulating space for the wolves, it is over 4000 m2 in size and was inspired by the natural habitat of the grey wolf.

The new habitat includes a stunning water feature, a dedicated feeding area and three visitor observation shelters where visitors to the Zoo can observe the wolves.

Grey wolves once lived in the forests of Ireland until their habitat was destroyed and they were hunted to extinction. The last wolf seen in Ireland was in County Carlow in 1786. In some parts of Western Europe and the USA their numbers are increasing thanks to heavy protection and conservation projects that are helping them to regain their old hunting grounds.

Speaking about the new habitat, Leo Oosterweghel, Director of Dublin Zoo, said, “The opening of Wolves in the Woods is yet another milestone on our journey of redeveloping Dublin Zoo into a world class zoo and provide an excellent visitor experience. 

“Every detail of the habitat has been considered carefully with the wellness of the wolf pack in mind and the design was inspired by their natural habitat”.

According to Ciaran McMahon, team leader at Dublin Zoo, the wolf pack is settling in very well to their new home, “I am delighted to say that the wolf pack have adapted to their new habitat very quickly. They are very comfortable and confident in their new surroundings”.

For further information on Wolves in the Wood visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo or www.dublinzoo.ie



Dublin Zoo and SSE Airtricity have announced the chosen name of the adorable baby gorilla, who was born on April 1 at Dublin Zoo.

Thousands of entries were made in the nationwide competition to pick a name for the animal, and the winner was announced as Ina Walsh.

Ina suggested the name Asali, which translates to 'honey' in Swahili, and was declared the recipient of free electricity for a year from SSE Airtricity.

Followers of RTE's The Zoo can tune in this Sunday for the final episode of the series to see baby Asali's birth in Dublin Zoo. The staff at the zoo are over the moon with Asali's progress.

The gorilla is being carefully minded by her parents, and is mixing well with the rest of the gorilla troop. Asali has a charming personality already, developing fast and weighing over four kilos.

Team Leader Helen Clarke Bennett says;

“Asali has had quite the few weeks. She is bright, alert and extremely adventurous. She has come on leaps and bounds over the past few weeks and has even developed a special bond with Kambiri another young female in troop."

Helen added;

"The two spend their days playing together and Asali is learning many important life skills from this friendship. We are looking forward to watching Asali’s development and can’t wait to watch her grow into adulthood.”

Dublin Zoo is currently home to a troop of five western lowland gorillas; Bangui, the dominant male and Asali’s father, and four females; Asali's mother, Kafi, Kambiri, Vana and now the newest baby. 

Aine Plunkett, Head of Marketing for SSE Airtricity said; “We’re delighted with the response we received for the competition and can’t think of a more fitting and beautiful name as Asali."

Western lowland gorillas are the largest of the primates and normally favour quiet, tranquil environments.

The Gorilla Rainforest, their habitat at Dublin Zoo, was strongly influenced by behavioural studies of gorillas in the wild. The environment and design is based around these reports.

High, rocky outcrops and trees give the apes an a great view of the surrounding landscape, and the gorillas are able to forage and move to private resting spaces due to streams and dense vegetation.

We love the new name, welcome to Dublin baby Asali. 



Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of three sea lion pups, all born within a week.

A little over a week ago, the first sea lion to give birth, Cassie, welcomed a healthy female pup during the early hours of Friday, June 7. Three days later, Sienna also gave birth to a healthy female pup on the June 10. Both female pups were born similar in size weighing approximately 6.3 kilos. Florence,  affectionately known as Flo, was next to give birth and welcomed a male pup on June 13 weighing 7.6 kilos.

Sea lions give birth during the month of June every year.

Team Leader Ciaran McMahon says, “All three sea lion pups and mothers are doing extremely well and settling into Sea Lion Cove, watched over by proud father Niko. Cassie’s pup is already swimming, and the two other pups are expected to start swimming within the next few days. The three new additions bring the sea lion colony up to nine.”


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Dublin Zoo takes part in the European Breeding Programme for California sea lions.

The new births come just in time for this week’s episode of RTÉ’s The Zoo TV series which re-lives the excitement at Sea Lion Cove this time last year when some of the colony’s females were due to give birth. The episode which airs this coming Sunday, June 23 on RTÉ One, is the perfect opportunity to watch the anticipation build as keepers wait eagerly for the new arrivals.



Two new Amur tiger cubs have been born at Dublin Zoo and our hearts are just melting at the sight of them.

Parents Tundra and Ussuri welcomed their first cubs on October 14.

The female cubs weighed 1.5kg each.

The adorable cubs have yet to be named but the public will be able to visit them at Dublin Zoo from this weekend at 11:15 am to 3 pm.

The siblings are doing “extremely well” and are settling in at their home in Dublin Zoo.

Ciarán McMahon, who is a team leader at Dublin Zoo said: “Tundra is an exceptional first-time mother and she has shown strong maternal instincts from the very beginning.”

"Both cubs are very playful and energetic, just like their mother!” he shared.

“The cubs have fun chasing each other and play-fighting which helps keep their claws sharp, while Tundra makes sure to clean them up straight afterwards, just like any good parent would."

Amur tigers are an endangered species with only approximitely 500 existing in the wild. Dublin Zoo is hoping to improve this by joining an international breeding programme.

Dublin Zoo has invited the public to help name the cubs. You can suggest your names here.



Dublin Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male scimitar-horned oryx, a species classified as extinct in the wild.

Born on Wednesday, July 25th, the healthy new calf weighs approx. 25kg and brings the herd at Dublin Zoo to a total of seven. 

The scimitar-horned oryx was once widespread across northern Africa, but due to over-hunting, habitat loss and competition with domestic livestock, they have gradually disappeared from the wild.

The species have now been classified as extinct in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as there has been no definitive evidence of their presence in the wild since the early 1990’s. 

"We are so pleased to welcome our newest addition to the scimitar-horned oryx herd and recognise the impact this birth makes on the conservation efforts being made to protect this species," team leader Helen Clarke-Bennet said.

"Both mother and calf are doing extremely well – we are delighted to report he was up and running about just one hour after birth!"

Dublin Zoo houses a breeding group of scimitar-horned oryx and since 2013, has financially supported the reintroduction programme for the scimitar-horned oryx in Tunisia.

Through conservation breeding programmes, zoo-bred oryx have been reintroduced into semi-wild areas in four national parks across Tunisia.

Currently there are over 200 oryx in such semi-wild areas. 



Ladies and gentlemen, may we present to you an adorable baby giraffe. 

The currently unnamed creature was born on Tuesday at Dublin Zoo.

The female giraffe is already over 6 foot tall, despite being a baba.

 The calf was born to mother Maeve and father Tafari.

Her birth is a serious celebration at Dublin Zoo, as fewer tan 670 of her kind exist in the wild, according to 98FM.

Her arrival even caught the attention of the Taoiseach, who tweeted about the birth of the 'new constituent.'

'The giraffe calf is very lively and is engaging positively with the rest of the herd,' Dublin Zoo's Helen Clarke-Bennett told Buzz.ie.

'Mother Maeve and her calf are healthy and Maeve is doing an amazing job of looking after the new arrival.'

'We’re very excited about this addition to the Dublin Zoo herd and to see what the rest of the year will bring.'



Sometimes we cast our eyes upon something so cute that our bodies are simply overcome with emotion. 

It usually happens when we see a basket of kittens, elderly people in love, or occasionally, a cherubic baby.

When we feasted our optics on Dublin Zoo's latest arrival, we were hit with the very same wave of what we have dubbed to be cuteness overload. 

Dublin Zoo today announced the birth of a southern white rhinoceros calf.

The male calf, who has yet to be graced with a moniker, was born to proud mother Nyala and father Chaka on Sunday, November 12.

The new arrival weighs in at a whopping 50kgs.

The baby is Nyala’s first calf, and the birth is part of the European Endangered Species Programme, established to assist the survival of the southern white rhinoceros.

'We are absolutely thrilled to welcome another southern white rhinoceros calf to Dublin Zoo,'  said Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of the African Plains.

'The newest addition to the herd is Nyala’s first calf, which is very special and she has taken to motherhood extremely well. The calf is healthy, strong, feeding well and full of life already.'


In our opinion, Lemurs just don't get enough appreciation.

However, these tiny little lemur pups might sway your opinion.

Two lemurs, a male and a female, were both born in Dublin Zoo last April to proud parents Fifi and Pierre.

And now with a total of seven lemurs in their clan, the zoo think it's the right time to celebrate.

The Phoenix Park attraction is holding an event this weekend all about lemurs, so you can see the red fur cuties for yourself.

From 12pm-4pm, the event called Long Live Lemurs, will have keepers talk about the animals, lemur-themed arts and crafts, as well as music and a whole load of other activities.

This is actually a really special and important time for lemurs, as they're becoming an endangered species.

The birth of these pups is part on an international breeding programme after conservationists has seen a significant decline in population due to habitat loss and hunting.

Many lemurs reside on the Island of Madagascar and in recent years it has seen a major decline in foliage, with only 10 per cent of its natural vegetation remaining.



Dublin Zoo is set to open a new attraction, and if you were a fan of Jurassic Park back in the day, then you’re going to love it.

In a video posted on social media today, the zoo revealed that it will open Zoorasic World next month.

The short clip is very cute and shows a group of kids watching on as a Tyrannosaurus Rex arrives to the Phoenix Park attraction.

The kids clap and jump with anticipation, and we think we’re as excited as them to see the attraction in action. What’s not to love about having only dinosaurs in action?

Dublin Zoo director, Leo Oosterweghel, told the Irish Sun that the new exhibit is an investment piece, much like the newly-installed Sea Lion Cove and Orangutan Forests.

“All monies generated by Dublin Zoo go directly back into ensuring the continuous development of the Zoo,” he said.

The new attraction will open to the public on July 7.