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Recently, I started sharing about our trip to Ireland (and other countries in Europe), that we went on this past June. I’ve already told you a little about our first big tour, that included Howth Harbour and Malahide Castle. Today, I’m giving you all of the details on a fun afternoon, at the Dublin Zoo!
About the Dublin Zoo.
Where is it?
The Dublin Zoo is located in Phoenix Park. It is easy to get to by bus or train, from anywhere in the city. We had a pass for the Do Dublin tour bus, that travels around Dublin, stopping near many of the major tourist destinations. We had a very short walk, from our drop off point, to the entrance of the zoo.
Opening Times and Tickets
The Dublin Zoo is open year round, only closing on Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day. They open at 9:30AM, but their closing and last admission times vary, based on what season or month it is. You can check that information here, before you plan your trip.
You can purchase your ticket, ahead of time, online. For adults it is 17.50 euros and for children, 3-16 years old, it is 13 euros. Children under 3, get in free.
There are over 400 animals, with 37 different habitats, to see. It took us around two hours, to see them all, and grab a small snack. We were there on a weekday afternoon, so other than a few groups of school children, on field trips, it was pretty empty.
My Favorite Animals at the Dublin Zoo.
We have these little critters at the Nashville Zoo, also, but I just can’t get enough of their antics. At the Dublin Zoo, the Meerkat habitat has a glass wall, that looks in on the restaurant. So you can have tea or coffee, while you watch them play!
We also have giraffes, at the Nashville Zoo, but not nearly as many! The giraffe habitat, in the Dublin Zoo, allows you to get pretty close to these long-necked guys. I was able to get some cute photos of one sticking his tongue out.
This pair had the best personality! The male gorilla was just relaxing, right at the front of the exhibit, with his leg crossed. Right when a few kids walked up, he decided to go spread eagle. Let’s just say it caused a few giggles from those kids and from us! However, I did not get any photos of that.
Oh man, I love penguins. Next to sloths, they are probably my favorite. These little waddlers were definitely fun to watch! If you are interested, on the Dublin Zoo website, you can watch their Penguin Cam!
We happened upon the chimp habitat, right at feeding time! It was really interesting to hear the zookeeper explain the dynamics of the chimpanzee pack, at meal time. The chimp getting first dibs on the food, is actually the alpha female. Her name is Betty and she is 56 years old! Even the male chimps, recognize her seniority! Check out the video below, to see it for yourself.
So that was our fun afternoon at the Dublin Zoo! For more information on the zoo, check out their website, here.
Do you typically visit zoos, when you travel to other countries? Let me know, in the comments!
Until next time!