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“Cruelty to animals!”
Review of Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo
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Owner description: Belfast Zoo is located in north Belfast. The zoo's 55 acre site is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species. The majority of our animals are in danger in their natural habitat. The zoo also carries out important conservation work and takes part in European and international breeding programmes which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat. Belfast Zoo is one of the top fee-paying visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, receiving more than 300,000 visitors a year.
Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cruelty to animals!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

I took my niece recently and was disgusted by the condition/size of the enclosures. There was rubbish in many enclosures, the entire placed smelled of urine, a lot of the animals were pacing and had no activities ...they all looked so sad and depressed. I was quite shocked by the bears who were pacing , it was not fun or entertaining to watch these animals. I think the entire zoo needs a lot of investment or closed. I went 20 years ago and nothing had changed since then.

Facilities for humans not great either. I would take the kids to ark open farm instead...much better.

Visited September 2012
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Belfast, Ireland
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73 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Belfast Zoological Gardens”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I really love visiting the Belfast Zoo to see the beautiful animals. The zoo is set on the side of a hill and getting around on foot is easy, even though it's mostly uphill. It has shops to buy souvenirs and knick-knacks and a restaurant for when you might feel hungry after the uphill walks!
Well worth a visit, and especially good for families.

Visited December 2011
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A good day out”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Suprisingly good for a couple in their 20s. Good enclosures and lots to see. Not too expensive either. Just be warned there isn't a lot of eating facilities but a lot of places to have a picnic - so take it with you!

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Belfast
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“One of the best”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Belfast zoo is excellent and a great place to go on a sunny day. Great for families of all ages, plenty to see and do.

Visited August 2012
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not enjoyed !”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Did not relise it was so hilly,Not enough selection of animals to see.
Not somewhere i would revisit.

Visited July 2012
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