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Jumping for joy: Matthew McClelland, aged two and a half from Castleknock, cannot contain his excitement after Dublin Zoo reopened its gates.
PHOTO: STEVE HUMPHREYS

Jumping for joy: Matthew McClelland, aged two and a half from Castleknock, cannot contain his excitement after Dublin Zoo reopened its gates. PHOTO: STEVE HUMPHREYS

Jumping for joy: Matthew McClelland, aged two and a half from Castleknock, cannot contain his excitement after Dublin Zoo reopened its gates. PHOTO: STEVE HUMPHREYS

Dublin Zoo has opened its gates to the public for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown, and the animals are as glad to see the visitors as the visitors are to see the animals.

With restricted visitor numbers and a one-way system, most of the animals will be accessible. However, some animal houses as well as the shops and restaurants will remain off-limits until restrictions are lifted further.

"It has been very peaceful here and the animals are very comfortable and have been looked after very well," said zoo director Leo Oosterweghel as the Phoenix Park facility reopened yesterday morning.