Dublin Zoo



City: Dublin
Country: Ireland
Province: Leinster
Opend 1831


Species 80


Dublin Zoo is the worlds 4th oldest zoo and the first not to be opened in a capital city (though Dublin today is the capital city of Ireland). it was founded 1831, covers 40 Hektars and has aprox 90 species.


Last visited 2009


Dublin Zoo
Phoenix Park
Dublin 8





Phone number: 01-474-8900

Vis stort kort


The zoo is minimum open 9.30 am - 4 pm


Entrance fee

  • Adult 20,- Euro
  • Child 14,50 Euro
  • Familly-ticket 2*: 56,- Euro
  • Familly-ticket 3*: 60,- Euro
  • Familly-ticket 4*: 64,- Euro

* Familly tickets are for 2 adults and bewteen 2-4 kids


Annual card (Valid for 12 months)

  • Individual* 130,- Euro
  • Familly** 190,- Euro

* Individual cards are good for 2 persons

** Familly cards are good for Member + 3 Adults or Member + 2 Adults + 2 Children or Member + 1 Adult + 4 Children or Member + 6 Children


For kids there are 3 playgrounds and a pettingarea


Dublin Zoo first opened its doors on 1 September 1831 and was known as the Zoological Gardens Dublin opened of the then Royal Zoological Society of Ireland, which had been founded the previous year. Its then 15 acres in Phoenix Park featured 46 mammals and 72 birds donated by London Zoo. Visitors flocked to the Zoo to marvel at animals they had only read about or sen in pictures ... in some cases , animals they had never heared of! The zoo is a significant part of Dublin's long and fascinating history every effort is to preserve its heritage. For example, the old timber-framed, thatchd entrance lodge, built in 1833 for just 30 Sterling Pounds, is being restored to its former charming glory. Re-opening in summer 2008, Haughton House at the zoo's centre was built in 1898 in memory of Samuel Haughton, Royal Zoological Society of Ireland secretary, a Trinity College professor, and noted science writer; it contained 10 wild animal "dens", tearooms and a lecture room. The restoration brings n exciting new Learning and Discovery Centre, lecture facilities, a verandah and a balcony with views over the Kaziranga Forest Trail. Zoo milestones include an open day in 1838 - attended by 20.000 people - to celebrate Queen Victoria's coronation. The first giraffe arrived in 1844 and the first pair of lions in 1855, producing theire first cubs two years later. Reptiles got their own house in 1876, as the fishes had in 1868. The most known resident though my be a lion called Cairbre, born in 1927. He was named after Cuchcullen's charioteer and was seen the world over for many years when he became the star mascot for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio. Despite severe problems during the 1916 Easter Rising (Then the getting in and out of Phoenix Park became difficult and meat ran out. In order to keep the lions and tigers fed, some of the other animals in the zoo were killed!) and World War II (During World War II the popularity of the Zoo soared despite the difficulty in replacing animals who died. The public donated food for the animals and, after the war when fuel was still difficult to acquire, trees were chopped down to heat the houses.), the zoo survived and now occupies 40 Hectars with around 650 animals and birds from all over the globe.

Map 2015

After have passed the entrance we turn to th left and se an island for Sulawesi Crested Macaques. Following the road on the left we have enclosures for the big cats, here we meet the Sumatran Tiger and the Snowleopard, The next island is the home for the Siamang Gibbons, in this are we also have the Orangutan. The las t two islands are fore lemurs like the Red Ruffed Lemur. Passing the old Gorilla-house we now are at th Fringes of the Arctic, here we meet some carnivores like the Wolf and Amur Tiger. Across we have Californian Sea Lion and behinde theire house the penguins. Going throug the Gateway to the African Plains we first meet the African Hippo, across we have the Savannah with White Rhinos, Giraffes, Zebras and Antilopes. Passing the new enclosure for the Gorilla we meet the Chimpanzee, there neighbours are the White-crowened Mangabey. On the other side of the lake we first se the African Wild Dog as well as the Red River Hog. Then we meet the King of the Animals, the Lions. Theire neihbours are the shy Bongos. Going through the Gateway once more and going left we meet the Asian Elephants and the Blackbuck. Turning right on the maiway and the stairs left down,we have on the right hand the Red Panda and Flamingos. Going up at the stairs at the Waldrapp Ibis aviary, we se Haughton House and behinde that the repilehouse as well as the Farm. going back the same stairs down we se on the right hand the pampas with South Americcan Tapirs and Rheas and on the left the Spidermonkeys. Going the steps up, we first se the south American House and then Roberts House, a tropical house with birds. Now walking towards the exit we just can catch a look in the Restaurant of the Meerkats.


DE: Dieser kleine Zoo ist der erste Zoo in der Provinz überhaupt und der vierte Weltweit. Er ist zwar klein, aber zeigt Arten wie Schopfmakaken, Weissscheitelmangaben, Gorillas und den Bongo.


DK: Denne lille have er verdens fjere ældste zoo og viser arter som den sorte mangabey, Celebes top-makak, gorillaer og bongoer

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