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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.

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This weekend, artist Kady Berry will host her first solo exhibition ‘Hot Messes’ in Dublin at the beautiful light filled space at Studio 10 in the heart of the city. 

'Hot Messes' are appealing for a number of reasons, most notably because they are unexpected, capricious and agonizingly provocative. In addition, numerous contingent factors make duplication rare and continual repetition virtually impossible. 

Kady Berry is an Irish artist based in Cork city. She studied fashion design at the Mallow College of Design and Tailoring where she was awarded Design Student of the Year. 

Coming from a background in fashion is what influences her work to this day. The texture, layering and detail that once influenced her designs are now at the core of each carefully considered piece. 

In her latest series of paintings, Kady moves from paper to panels allowing the viewer to fully appreciate the medium of encaustic. Through the medium of encaustic she has found a way of combining the elements of what she loves and translates them in to her vibrant, abstract paintings. Working with encaustic, a wax based paint, she begins the drafting process. Layer upon layer is constructed, within each of which are thoughtfully placed details. By applying heat to the wax, textures emerge and as the layers build, colours and patterns form, resulting in a vibrant, tactile paintings.

'Hot Messes' An Exhibition by Kady Berry will open Friday September 27 and will open to the public on Saturday 28 10am-5pm and Sunday 29 1pm-5pm

Prices from €180- €2765

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The Unmissable Rewards Diner, Ireland’s first singing diner created by Bord Gáis Energy has officially opened its doors today. The 1950’s themed pop-up diner will be serving an All-American menu as a pre-show experience, for Grease from today until September 28 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

Bord Gáis Energy has created The Unmissable Rewards Diner as a reward to theatre goers, combining the thrill of going to see an amazing stage production, with a money can’t buy pre-theatre dining experience. Customers of the Bord Gáis Energy Rewards Club, Ireland’s biggest energy customer loyalty programme, were given exclusive first access to The Unmissable Rewards Diner with all sittings now sold out.

However, Bord Gáis Energy is giving everyone the chance to win a pair of tickets to Grease along with seats in The Unmissable Rewards Diner through its social media channels. Theatre fans are encouraged to visit Bord Gáis Energy competitions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @bordgaisenergy as details of these are announced in the coming days.

At the Unmissable Rewards Diner, not only will guests get the chance to sample a 1950s diner menu that includes Frenchie Fries, Kenickie Fried Chicken, Zuko Hot Dogs and Teen Angel milkshakes but they can also sing along to Grease classics with the diner’s singing wait staff. The diner will be kitted out with a thunderbird car, retro diner booths and accessories that will inspire customers to channel their inner T-Bird or Pink Lady.  

Peter Andre recently previewed the Unmissable Rewards Diner and spoke at the launch: "I am delighted to be in Dublin to be one of the first to experience Bord Gáis Energy’s Unmissable Rewards Diner.

"The Unmissable Rewards Diner is a fantastic opportunity for theatre goers to experience an unforgettable night of 50s themed food and music. I’ll be performing on the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre stage as Teen Angel in a few weeks’ time and I can’t wait to be part of the brilliant cast of performers in this musical classic.”

To learn more about Bord Gáis Energy’s unmissable rewards, visit here.

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The five-star Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort has launched a brand-new autumn inspired Afternoon Tea menu available now until November 23. Inspired by local and in-season ingredients, the Wicklow based Resort is always refreshing their delectable afternoon tea menu’s.

With colder days headed this way, executive head chef Susan Leacy has created a very special menu with all your afternoon tea favourites that is perfect to enjoy by the fire. With the resort’s picturesque woodlands in the heart of Wicklow showing all their beautiful autumn colours, Druids Glen’s Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to relax and unwind. Whether it’s after a brisk walk, a day out with your mum or a bit of self-love, immerse yourself in the heart of Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland.

The special Autumnal Afternoon Tea menu includes delicious savoury sandwiches and fluffy scones, finished off with a variety of sweet treats such as Salted Caramel and Almond Tart and Vanilla and Plum Crème Brûlée.

The Autumnal Afternoon Tea costs €32 per person and is served daily from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. If you’re feeling bubbly why not add a glass of Masottina Prosecco Frizzante (€41) or Pannier Champagne (€50).

Take in the beautiful autumn colours and tastes at the five-star Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort, to make a reservation call 0 1 287 0847 or visit www.druidsglenresort.com.

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This December, experience Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas as you never have before, with the majesty of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and three original cast members Danny Elfman, Catherine O' Hara and Ken Page live.

Never before seen in Ireland, multiple award-winning composer, songwriter and reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman will be bringing Disney’s timeless classic, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to life on December 8, 2019 at 3Arena Dublin as part of the movie’s 25th anniversary celebrations. 

Performing his role of Jack Skellington, Danny Elfman will be joined by other original cast members Catherine O'Hara as Sally, and Ken Page as the voice of Oogie Boogie with full orchestral accompaniment by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

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Conductor John Mauceri, Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will be leading the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a choir performing the film's classic score and songs live to picture. The concert will also include featured violin soloist, Sandy Cameron. 

First released in 1993, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas was directed by Henry Selick (James and the Giant Peach) and based on a story and characters by Tim Burton. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town's beloved Pumpkin King, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday.

Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus.

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 Tickets are on sale now and available from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide

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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

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It’s Electric Picnic weekend and instead of prancing around a field to The 1975, I will be staying at home and sulking like a toddler because I left it too late to get a ticket.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom as I’ve got a reading list the length of my arm to get through. I’ve picked five of my top reads for those of you who are going to be stuck at home whilst half the country descends upon Stradbally.

Why not avoid the never-ending EP posts on Instagram by reading one of these books?

1. Hold Your Heart by Karen Gregory (Bloomsbury)

You’re never too old for a glorious coming-of-age story. I Hold Your Heart follows the love story of Gemma and Aaron, but when does love become possession? 

When Gemma meets Aaron, she feels truly seen for the first time. Their love story is the intense kind. The written-in-the-stars, excluding-all-others kind. The kind you write songs about. But little by little their relationship takes over Gemma’s life. What happens when being seen becomes being watched, and care becomes control?

2. Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard (Harper Collins)

Nobody writes a crime story quite like Catherine Ryan Howard. Her latest release Rewind is bound to grip your attention from the very first page.

Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages witnesses the murder of his only guest via a hidden camera in her room, but when the killer destroys the camera, Andrew questions how he will live with himself. And can’t help but question who is the killer?

Rewind is a tense tale about a murder caught on camera, but you’ve already missed the start. To discover the murderer you must rewind the tape and watch it until the very end, no matter how terrifying the footage.

3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Penguin)

I recently watched the movie adaption of this book and it is nothing compared to Nicola Yoon’s phenomenal story. It's safe to say The Sun Is Also a Star is by far one of the greatest YA books of our time.

The Sun Is Also a Star follows Natasha as she fights to stop her family being deported from New York to Jamaica. Natasha doesn’t believe in destiny, fate or love at first sight, but then she meets Daniel, a budding poet who is living the life his parents want him to lead. Daniel believes he can make Natasha fall in love with him in a few hours, but can he change the mind of the girl who believes in science,not fate?

4. Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (Harper Collins)

Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb are the most delightful duo in the literary world. Their book Last Christmas in Paris will forever hold a special place in my heart so I was unbelievably excited to hear about the release of Meet Me In Monaco.

Their latest tale whisks the reader away to 1950s Cannes for the iconic film festival. The mesmerising tale features not one but two love stories, including one of the iconic Grace Kelly who married Prince Rainier III. The other love story follows that of struggling perfumer Sophie Duval and British photographer James Henderson. The two couples may live incredibly different lives, but they are all asking the same question- What are they prepared to give up for love?

5. For Ava by Vera Twomey (Mercier)

To what lengths would you go to give your sick child the chance of a better life?

When Very Twomey’s daughter, Ava, is diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes frequent and often life-threatening seizures, the family’s life is thrown into chaos.

As prescribed drug after prescribed drug fails, and the medical system all but gives up on her daughter, a potential new treatment comes to light: medical cannabis. Illegal in Ireland, Vera vows to do whatever it takes to ensure that her daughter gets access to this potentially life-saving treatment. Whether it’s protesting and campaigning across the country, walking hundreds of miles to the country’s seat of power, breaking the law, or even confronting a government minister face to face- Vera Twomey will do it all for Ava.

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The summer will come to an end in a few weeks so it is time to make the most of all the free time and embrace your cultural side. The National Library of Ireland have an immense amount of events happening throughout August and you can’t miss out.

Check out the full programme below:

Guided tour: ‘Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats’

Thursday, August 1 at 1pm

Explore the life and works of one of the great poets of the twentieth century at the NLI’s award-winning Yeats exhibition.

Free admission. All welcome. Booking not required. Group tours may be booked at: learning@nli.ie.

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Guided tour: ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’ exhibition

Tuesday, August 6, 13, 20, 27 at 1pm

Gain insight into the archival material on display, the work of one of Ireland’s best loved poets and the context and structure of the exhibition on this guided tour.

Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, College Green (entry via Westmoreland Street)

Free admission. Booking required via Eventbrite or email heaneyexhibition@nli.ie.

Guided tour: ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’ exhibition

Saturday, August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 1pm

Gain insight into the archival material on display, the work of one of Ireland’s best loved poets and the context and structure of the exhibition on this guided tour.

Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, College Green (entry via Westmoreland Street)

Free admission. Booking required via Eventbrite or email heaneyexhibition@nli.ie.

Guided tour: ‘A Modern Eye: Helen Hooker O'Malley's Ireland’

Thursday, August 15 at 1pm

Understand an outsider’s fascination with Irish people and Irish life at this free tour of the NLI’s latest exhibition at the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar.

National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638.

Free admission. All welcome. Booking not required.

Guided tour: ‘The National Library's History & Heritage’

Saturday, August 17 at 1pm

Explore the National Library's rich architectural history and heritage on this free tour which includes a visit to its iconic Victorian reading room.

National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638.

Free admission. All welcome. Booking not required.

Turas treoraithe: Stair agus Oidhreacht na Leabharlainne Náisiúnta

Monday, August 19 at 1pm

Tá fáilte romhat bheith i gcomhluadar Niamh Ní Riain ar thuras stair agus oidhreacht na Leabharlainne Náisiúnta.

National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638.

Free admission. All welcome. Booking not required.

Research Workshop: Using the National Library

Monday, August 19 at 3pm

Receive advice and guidance on researching the rich and varied collections of the National Library. Suitable for first-time Library users. Places limited. Booking required.

National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638.

Free admission. All welcome. Booking not required.

Heritage Week talk: Past & Present- Digital Collections at the NLI

Tuesday, August 20 at 1pm

Join Maria Ryan for a lunchtime talk and learn how the NLI protects and makes available Ireland’s digital heritage through digitisation, web archiving and born digital collecting.

National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638.

Free admission. Booking not required.

Heritage Week Readings and Performance: Helen Hooker O'Malley's Ireland

Wednesday, August 21 at 1.05pm

Celebrate the work of American artist, Helen Hooker O'Malley with music and poetry readings and take in the exhibition of her photography presents an outsider’s fascination with Irish people and Irish life.

National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Free. Booking not required.

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Turas treoraithe: Taispeántas Yeats

Wednesday, August 21 at 6pm

Tá fáilte romhat bheith le Niamh Ní Riain ar thuras treoraithe, trí Ghaeilge, saor in aisce don taispeántas  'Yeats: The Life & Works of William Butler Yeats'.

National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638.

Free admission. Booking not required.

Heritage Week Tour: ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’

Thursday, August 22 at 11am

Take in a special National Heritage Week tour of our exhibition, Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again and share in the story of one of Ireland’s greatest writers and most-loved figures.

Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, College Green (entry via Westmoreland Street)

Free admission. Booking required via Eventbrite or email heaneyexhibition@nli.ie.

Heritage Week Talk: ‘Cooking the Books’

Thursday, August 22 at 1pm

Explore the recipe and cookery books held in the NLI’s collections with a display of some items in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

National Library of Ireland, 7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 P638.

Free admission. Booking not required.

Lecture: ‘Heaney on the Border’

Friday, August 23 at 1pm

Join Roy Foster for a lecture on the development of Heaney's poem, 'Station Island' and its companion pieces, and the ways in which it is anticipatory of the writer's later life.

Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, College Green (entry via Westmoreland Street)

Free. Booking required via Eventbrite or email heaneyexhibition@nli.ie.

Book club: Electric Light  by Seamus Heaney

Friday, August 30 at 1pm

Join in the discussion of this month's poetry collection Electric Light.

Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, College Green (entry via Westmoreland Street)

Free. Booking required via Eventbrite or email heaneyexhibition@nli.ie.

More information available at www.nli.ie.

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Boots Ireland have today launched their Night Walks for Night Nurses campaign, encouraging people to join fundraising Night Walks in either Phoenix Park, Dublin (16 August) or  Blackrock Castle (Carpark), Cork (23 August).

Tickets to join the 5km walk cost €15 for an adult, and under 16s go free. Walks start at 7.30pm in Dublin and 7.00 pm in Cork. Each adult ticket comes with a free t-shirt.

Alongside the walks, Honour Tags are on sale in Boots stores nationwide for €2. Customers can purchase a tag in honour of someone who has survived or passed away from cancer. One metre will be walked in honour of that person and the tags are brought to respective walks. The front of the tag allows for the name of the individual with space on the back for a personal message.

Funds raised will go towards the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service, which provides end of life care for cancer patients in their own home, allowing them to pass away at home surrounded by family and loved ones as well as giving much needed respite for the family caring for them.

The Night Nurse service has run for over 30 years and operates in every county in Ireland. The service has made a huge contribution to cancer support, providing over 7,400 nights of care in 2018 alone, to 1,861 patients. There are 180 Night Nurses in operation around Ireland, providing up to 10 nights of care for cancer patients in their own home, during the last days of their life. The service is provided completely free of charge.

Ambassador Teresa Mannion said: “Having faced cancer myself, I saw the impact it has not only on those with a diagnosis, but on their loved ones also. Patients, and those supporting them, are exhausted both physically and mentally and the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nurses play such a critical caring role. Night Nurses allow everyone to sleep, assured that they are in the best hands, and it’s wonderful to see Boots step up and host fundraisers such as these.”

 Boots MD Bernadette Lavery said: “We were thrilled to see over 600 people attend the walks last year, raising more than €50,000 for this great service. Since partnering with the Irish Cancer Society back in 2012 we have raised over €1.4 million or over 4,000 nights for this much-needed service, and we are incredibly proud of Boots’ ongoing commitment to supporting those living with cancer. We’ve set ourselves a target to raise more than ever before this year, so would love to see more participants at our walks, which are truly inspirational and uplifting events.”

Speaking at the launch of the Night Walks campaign, Averil Power, Chief Executive, Irish Cancer Society, said: “The Night Nursing service allows cancer patients to remain in their own home during their last days. The Night Nurses are there through the night, keeping the patient comfortable, while also supporting family members during a very difficult time. As the service is almost entirely donation-funded, we rely on the support of Boots staff and customers to ensure we can be there for more families in need of this crucial care.”

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Crêpes have swiftly become one of our favourite foods. Ever since visiting Paris, we've been eager to find the best spot in Dublin to devour the French treat and we've finally found THE place.

Voici in Rathmines has answered our prayers with their heavenly menus and we are most definitely visiting them on Bastille Day.

Authentic French eatery, Voici, celebrates things Crêpe and Galette all year round. Marking Bastille Day, this July 14, these Master Crêpeieres are sharing their tips, trivia and experience of this French national staple.  

The team at Voici Wine Bar & Crêperie explain that a galette is a savoury crêpe made with buckwheat flour (Farine de Sarrasin), whereas sweet crêpes are made using white organic flour!

Sourcing their buckwheat flour from the Moulin de la Fatigue in Brittany France – the birth place of the galette. This flour is milled with a traditional flint millstone, the same process since 1870. So you’re guaranteed a traditional French experience. 

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Transport yourself to Paris this Bastille Day or any day by visiting this genuine French Crêperie & Wine Bar delivering authenticity in appearance and taste – and for Bastille Day they are offering a complementary glass of Prosecco with each meal. 

Take a trip to the Cote D’Azur with the “De La Mer” galette served with smoked salmon, lemon dill crème fraiche, vegetables and capers.

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Or keep it traditional with “Le Traditionnel” – home cooked Irish ham, melted Irish Cheddar Cheese and either Ballymaloe Relish or Moutarde á l’ancienee (French wholegrain mustard). 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Modern variations on the traditional sweet Crêpe include “Crêpe Caramélisée” served with handcrafted Atlantic Sea Salted Caramel Gelato topped with fresh whipped cream, flaked almonds and homemade caramel au beurre salé.

Or to add “wow” factor to your day go for the “Crêpe Suzette” – freshly squeezed orange and lemon, melted butter, sugar and flambéed with Grand Marnier.

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Being a fan of Derry Girls is like a rite of passage in Ireland at this point so it’s safe to say we were overjoyed to hear of a Derry Girls QUIZ happening in Dublin next month.

Our competitive nature and obsession with Derry Girls will finally come in handy when Copper Face Jacks hosts the event on August 2.

The Big Fat Derry Girls Quiz will take place in the nightclub from 8pm to 10pm.

Tickets are only a tenner so gather up your fellow Derry Girls fans and get ready to battle it out with the show’s biggest fans.

Organisers of the quiz commented, “Up and down the country the Irish people who have followed Erin and her band of friends as they deal with the troubles of being a teenager throughout the troubles in Northern Ireland. Will Aunt Sarah Make it for her tanning session?

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"Get your gal and guy pals together and to make your team of four. Once the victorious team are announced the after party will kick off until the wee hours of the morning. Sure who doesn’t love a night in Coppers."

Now we’ve got the perfect excuse to re-watch the show from start to finish. If anyone needs us we’ll be doing our research by memorising Granda Joe quotes and singing along to The Cranberries.

You can get your tickets here.

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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.

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