Something I’ve been meaning to do for a while is visit Dublin Zoo. And when my brother came up to visit me at the start of April I thought it was the perfect opportunity.
The zoo, which opened in 1831, is located in Phoenix Park. After buying our tickets ( €12.20 for a child and €13.20 for a student) we headed in past the barriers.
Now I understand there is many arguments against zoos and other places that keep animals in captivity, (personally I haven’t been to a circus since I was a child because they usually use animals for entertainment purposes, which I think isn’t right). But honestly after spending most of the day in Dublin Zoo, you can really see they’re doing good work and they pride themselves in putting the animals well being first.
If you have a little bit of time (after you read this blog of course!) I found a really good article by The Guardian called ‘Why zoos are good’. (https://www.theguardian.com/science/lost-worlds/2014/aug/19/why-zoos-are-good)
At Dublin Zoo there is a wide range of animals to view, all living in their different habitats. The type of habitats to see are:
- African Savanna
- Family Farm
- Kaziranga Forest Trail
- Gorilla Rainforest
- Roberts House
- House of Reptiles
- South American House
- Asian Forests
My favourite were the seals. You were able to view them underwater in a small makeshift cave. They were unbelievably friendly and came up to the glass a number of times, to view the excited adults trying to get a selfie with them (yes, honestly).
The elephant house was also another highlight.
They could only be viewed behind a glass because the keepers prefer them not to be interacting with any humans, including themselves. Reading a information piece on the elephants I learned that years ago keepers thought that elephants slept standing up. But in reality the elephants only did this because the hard concrete floor they were standing on, was too uncomfortable to lie on.
The constant standing led to the poor elephants having awful trouble with the soles of their feet. Nowadays they have mounds of sand to lie on, which the keepers rearrange each morning for them, while the elephants are outside. The only time the elephants interact with the keepers are when they put their feet through a hole, which they’ve been trained to do, so the keepers can give them a doctors check-up (kinda like getting a pedicure done!)
Finally myself and my brother really enjoyed the African Savanna where you could view animals such as rhinos, giraffes and zebras. There are many other amazing and unusual animals at the zoo, such as sloth’s, flamingos and strange birds I’ve never even heard of.
The zoo also had education centres so you could learn more about the animals found in the zoo. The exhibit was very visual and eye opening.
What’s your opinions on zoos? Do you feel they are a good or bad thing to have? Have you been to Dublin Zoo before?
I’d love to know 🙂 You can leave your comments down below!