Dublin Zoo Virtual Tours.
Great news, Dublin Zoo are opening their virtual gates so that you can take a tour around Dublin Zoo to visit some of your favourite animals! What a great way to see some of your favourite animals while you may not be able to visit in person.
Did you know?
Dublin Zoo is a registered charity and works in partnership with zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the conservation of bio-diversity on earth. Charity Number: 20003715. There are lots of way that you can support Dublin Zoo. You can donate HERE, or adopt an animal! Find out about their wonderful adoption packs HERE. Plan a visit or hold your event at Dublin Zoo.
Dublin Zoo opened its doors on September 1, 1831. Founded as a private society by anatomists and physicists and supported by wealthy subscribers.
In 1840, featuring 46 mammals and 72 birds donated by London Zoo, the radical decision was to throw its gates open to the public for a penny on Sundays. This gesture, remarkable for that time, established the affectionate relationship that still exists between Dubliners and the ‘ah-Zoo’ in the Phoenix Park.
Now, utterly transformed, Dublin Zoo’s 28 hectares is attracting over 1 million visitors a year. Officially Ireland’s biggest family attraction, not only offers a great day out for all, but also a journey of learning and discovery about the world’s precious wildlife.
Animals at Dublin Zoo live enriched lives in natural social groups, they are fit and healthy, able to breed and raise their own young. They can be observed in naturalistic spaces with vegetation, substrate and water features that reflects their native habitat.
Dublin Zoo is managed by caring zoo professionals who devote their lives to the welfare and care of animals and to understanding their needs. They are knowledgeable about the natural habitat of the animals, diet, genetics, animal health and social grouping.
Modern Zoos, like Dublin, adhere to strict codes of practice in animal welfare laid down by European and Global Associations. Through such organisations, partnerships among Zoo’s and other kindred institutions, agencies and individuals are encouraged. This in turn leads to opportunities for co-operative research in conservation, biological and veterinary sciences.
By supporting specific research staff, collaborative partnerships with universities and regular publications, symposia and workshops they constantly develop knowledge, understanding and expertise.
Dublin Zoo financially supports a variety of conservation projects of which great apes, tigers, rhinos, golden lion tamarins, African wild dogs and amphibians have been recipients.
Conservation In Action:
Populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have, on average, dropped by 60 percent in just 40 years.
The concept of ‘the wild’ does not exist like it did before. Now the species that live in the wild are often in danger of extinction. There are believed to be just 400 Asian lions left in the wild in India, just 80 eastern bongos in the forests of Kenya and dangerously low populations of thousands of other species worldwide.
The driving force behind these shrinking animal numbers is us- human beings. Overpopulation of the human race and all that comes with it- from farming to mining to pollution- means animals no longer have access to the natural habitats that existed previously. Rainforests are being torn down for palm oil plantations, oceans are awash with dangerous plastics and carbon emissions are causing irreversible damage to the climate and as a result, animal’s homes.