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“One of the best zoos we have visited.”
Review of Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo
Ranked #53 of 586 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: One of the world's oldest zoos, Dublin Zoo is also modern in design and houses more than 600 animals. It has been redesigned in recent years to be a safe environment for people and the animals with gardens, lakes and natural habitats.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Here’s the short story on the Dublin Zoo: it is excellent. My wife and I always seem to visit zoos during our travels, mainly because she likes critters, so we have seen a lot of very nice zoos and let me tell you that the Dublin Zoo is near the top of the list. There is a great variety of animals, the enclosures are very good size and in good shape, there is excellent access to the animals, and the setting is wonderful as the trails sort of meander around a couple of lakes.

There is a nice little opening scene once you come through the entrance; a deck overlooking a pond which has several varieties of waterfowl which are probably just local wild birds that are hanging out there. The birds were a common occurrence on all the water features in the zoo. We headed off down the path to the right and worked our way in a counterclockwise fashion around the first set of lakes and eventually made a figure-eight loop around the entire zoo. We stopped and enjoyed all of the exhibits, spending more time at some, but all totaled I reckon we spent about 2 hours in the zoo. By the way, the admission was 16 Euro for an adult ticket, so about $21 US. Perhaps a little high; for comparison, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo adult admission is $12.25. Still, the visit was well worth the price.

There were several highlights to the zoo. One of the first was the Kaziranga Forest Trail that provides access to the elephants. Our timing was pretty good here as the last of the rain showers hit when we were on this trail and the large overhanging leaves of the forest plants provided much needed shelter…and we were not the only folks hiding under these leaves!

I think my favorite area was the African Savanna with the Giraffes, Zebras, Scimitar-horned Oryx, ostriches and white rhinos. This is a very large, open area that gives the animals a lot of room to roam along with great viewing opportunities from the trail along the edge of the savanna. It was obviously dinner time when we arrived so the animals for milling about waiting to be brought in and fed, so we saw plenty of activity. The rhinos had the far end of the savanna to themselves. There was a calf in the group and it was just adorable and quite spunky. The little guy was running about and trying to get the adults to play, generally to no avail. At one point he must agitated one of his aunts a bit too much as she was getting ready to put the kid in his place. In comes mom who went nose-to-nose with auntie and backed her down. Just a very interesting set of interactions.

The Gorilla Rainforest was a truly remarkable habitat for these huge apes. Probably the best such enclosure that I have seen in any zoo. We later saw the old gorilla enclosure which was pretty good in its own right. The big cats and the wolves all had good size enclosures that provided room for the animals and good viewing opportunities. We were also lucky to see the otters frolicking in their pen. The bonus was the wild birds around the water features: Grey Heron, Coots and Little Grebes to name a few

Our last stop was at the Meerkat restaurant just for a drink and a short rest. Nice facility but nothing fancy; it obviously caters to the family crowd. Even though is looked to be preparing to close for the day you could tell that there was good variety of food options. We watched the meerkats for a while, finished our water and called it a day.

There are a lot of things to see and do in Dublin, and the zoo might not be high on your list, but it you want a change of pace from the sights and sounds of the city, head on over to Phoenix Park and check out the zoo. It is a nice way to spend an afternoon.

Thank OhioHick
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Children and adults enjoyed a sunny day at Dublin zoo. There were a lot of empty spaces where they are yet to place or move animals. Improvements for animal captivity and conservation programmes are ongoing here. The African planes are getting there. Nice lush vegetation, made the ramble easy. Staff are pleasent. Kids playgrounds dotted about. Toilets well maintained. Could poss do with a proper picnic area, but dotted benches around, and a grass area for laying blankets. Feeding times for sea lions and penguins - kids highlight, poss do this with more animals, so they are not just pictured laying around. Could have ongoing info displayed or playing, to make it more informative for kids. Kids farm good. Shld have a petting corner, and on hand person to talk to kids about farm life. No vouchers/concessions in July and August - I was informed at desk. €45 for 2 adults, 2 kids.

Thank DublinFreespirit
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

I've being going to the Zoo since I was a child and it's changed beyond recognition. The African plains add so much to the day out. To see giraffes, zebras and ostriches wandering around their enclosures in a lovely natural way. The elephants have lots of room to roam but it's organized in such a way that if you can't see them you just go around the corner and there they are.
It is dear to get in but you're going to spend two or three hours there so really it's not bad value.
I took one star away because of the food in the cafe. It's not great and we usually cut our visit short to go the the Boathouse in Farmleigh for lunch and we aren't allowed back in. Surely we could have our hands stamped to allow readmissison.

Thank Grundy63
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Today's trip to the zoo was amazing! Saw every animal there was (except the rhino...couldn't find him). The zoo is laid out so you can't miss a thing! My favorite was the red panda...sooo cute! I couldn't believe the number of giraffe they had! Got some great shots of the elephants as well. Overall, a great time! Plus there is lots of shade (it was sunny and hot today) and places to picnic as well.

1  Thank Megan S
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

We have been going to Dublin and visiting the Zoo for the last nine years and looking forward to going back next year all being well.
The animals seem really happy here compared to some other zoo's we have visited and they are very well looked after.
We love to see the changes each year brings.

Thank Diane R
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