Zoo death statistics can be misleading - we care deeply for all of our animals
There is absolutely no room in this world for zoos with substandard practices and poor consideration for animal wellness. Poorly managed zoos do not contribute to the genuine conservation effort and tarnish the reputation of all zoos. Nobody criticises or condemns them more strongly than those of us who are part of the zoo community.
A modern, world-class zoo is required to fulfil a number of responsibilities, including animal care to the highest standard, education, recreation and conservation.
A modern zoo is no longer a Victorian-era caged attraction for the well-heeled paying public, but a place that has enormous potential to contribute positively to visitor awareness of the living world and to inspire hope and action from our visitors. An extraordinary 66,000 students passed through the Dublin Zoo gates last year to attend specifically created education programmes.