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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.

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. 


Now would be the optimum time to head to Dublin Zoo thanks to the nice weather, but now there's another reason to flock to the animal menagerie.

Dublin Zoo just announced the birth of a male Asian elephant calf.

Proud mum Yasmin gave birth to the healthy calf on Monday afternoon, after carrying him for a whopping 22-months.

The calf is estimated to weight about 20 stone, so that's one big baby.

This new arrival is the sixth elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo in less than three years.

'It is with immense pride that we announce the birth of the latest addition to the Asian elephant herd here at Dublin Zoo,' said Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager at Dublin Zoo.

'The birth of an Asian elephant is an amazing spectacle and this was no exception.'

'The arrival of the calf was greeted with celebratory trumpeting and each member of the herd, from the oldest to youngest, played a role in assisting with the birth.'

'We’ve been on an incredible journey over the past three years, overseeing the birth of six elephant calves, placing Dublin Zoo as one the most successful Asian elephant breeding programmes in the world.'

'The recent births are of huge significance for the future of the endangered Asian elephant.'

We can't wait to grab the family of the partner and head to the zoo to see the little guy for ourselves. 

Dublin Zoo is also inviting the public to suggest a name for the new arrival based on his Asian origin.

Name suggestions can be submitted at www.DublinZoo.ie 



There's nothing we loved more as children than coming up with cute and imaginative names for other people's pets, so the idea of doing it on a grander scale would have appealed to us immensely back in the day.

And following the birth of a southern white rhinoceros calf on Thursday August 25, Dublin Zoo have announced they need a hand naming the little lad, and that's where the children of Ireland come in.

Calling on our country's younger generation for assistance with this very important task, Dublin Zoo have asked for suggestions for the newest arrival which are based on his African origin.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the new arrival," said Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of the African Plains 

"Ashanti is an experienced mother and the birth was very relaxed. The mother and calf are bonding and will remain very close for the first year of his life," she added.

With only 20,000 of these incredible creatures left in the wild, Dublin Zoo are committed to assisting the survival of the near threatened southern white rhinoceros.

And we're committed to making sure it gets the greatest name ever,

If you know of a little person who is a dab hand at this kind of thing, then be sure to let them know that Ashanti and Chaka need some help naming their son pronto, and find out more here.


The terrifying moment a young boy was spotted inside the rhino enclosure at Dublin Zoo has been captured by social media users.

Several images show the boy in the company of an adult male – who significantly is standing outside the fence. And with the same images being shared on Twitter, many observers understandably expressed their concern.

One user who was at the zoo on Saturday said she saw the boy in the enclosure for a 'good 20 minutes'.

Asking SHEmazing not be named but confirming the incident with us, she had previously told the Irish Daily Mail: "The child didn’t look scared and nobody really passed any heed on what he was doing.

"The child stood there for a good while and the man kept letting go of his hand and telling him to move further back to pose for a picture."

Rathmines-based architect Ciarán Ferrie also spotted the ordeal, sharing two photos via his Twitter account. 

A spokesperson for the zoo said over the weekend that the "matter is being taken care of internally".

Dublin Zoo keeps several white rhinos as part of its African Plains attraction.

When the Plains initially opened in 2001, the animals – including zebra, ostriches, and giraffe – mingled together. However, after a female rhino charged at and killed a zebra in 2009, the rhinos were segregated into their own space.

At the time, a zoo official stated that the incident was an accident, but added that "there are no guarantees when you're dealing with wild animals".

Three years ago also at Dublin, a two-year-old girl was mauled by a tapir during a supervised visit to the animal’s enclosure. She was left with deep cuts on her arm and stomach and underwent surgery in Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

A decade ago, a 16-year-old girl scaled a two-metre fence to reach the Siberian tiger enclosure. She subsequently received significant injuries to her limb.

A Cincinnati Zoo in June, a three-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure – resulting in the shooting dead of the ape. The boy was unharmed.

In Morocco last month, an eight-year-old girl died after she was accidently struck by a rock thrown by an elephant at Rabat Zoo.



Weighing just 4lbs and following a nine-month long pregnancy, a tiny new arrival came into this world a few days ago. 

Surrounded by a loving family, the baby is especially adored by Lena, the wholly-besotted new mother.

Indeed, the little one hasn't left her side yet – preferring to feed and sleep throughout the day while snuggled closely into her chest. 

The only difference between this particular new arrival and countless others, is that this baby is a critically endangered western lowland gorilla, of which there are around 550 living in zoos around the world.

However, in many other ways there are more similarities than there are differences. 

The baby gorilla has yet to be named – who was born in Dublin Zoo – and its gender remains a mystery as keepers have been unable to catch glimpse of him or her for very long. 

The little one is in good hands, however – this is Lena's seventh baby and she is a celebrated excellent and experienced mother. 

Sadly, the baby's father Harry passed away in May at the age of 29 after suffering from a stroke.