Sunday 4 December 2016

Over 1.1m people visited Dublin Zoo last year

John Brennan

Published 06/01/2016 | 11:54

The one month old newborn bongo antelope calf ventures out in the cold in his enclosure at London Zoo. Credit: Christopher Lee, Getty Images
The one month old newborn bongo antelope calf ventures out in the cold in his enclosure at London Zoo. Credit: Christopher Lee, Getty Images

Over 1.1m people visited Dublin Zoo last year - nearly 30,000 more than 2014.

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The record breaking footfall figure once again confirms Dublin Zoo as Ireland’s most popular family attraction.

Leo Oosterweghel, Director of Dublin Zoo, said, “2015 has been an excellent year for Dublin Zoo and surpassed all of our expectations.

“Sea Lion Cove was opened by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins last spring and the feedback from our visitors has been hugely positive.

“It has a stunning underwater viewing area which allow visitors to see how these beautiful mammals move,” he said.

Attractions like the elephant calves were firm family favourites along with the newest member of Asian lion family which arrived in August. 

There were 50 new animal arrivals during 2015 – including a bongo calf and a Rothschild giraffe.

In the coming months the new Orangutan Forest will be unveiled - the new habitat expected to draw lots of interest.

Mr. Oosterweghel said, “We are crafting beautiful rainforest trees that look very realistic, these will provide climbing opportunities for the orangutans.”

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