the zoo has recently undergone restorations which are very impressive, if you go midweek you will avoid the crowds, and if its not high season bring a picnic as the shops and restraunts inside have some strange opening hours, there are great play areas for the kids and the pet farm is really great for the smaller ones. If your on a budget avoid the souvineer shop as its expensive and does not sell anything that you wont get cheaper somewhere else.
Look out for the tea rooms its outside the zoo entrance and it is a real quaint place to stop for tea or coffee before or after youve met the animals.
The zoo is located inside the phoenix park where you will also find the residence of our president as well as Farmleigh house, a lovley statley home previously owned by the Guinness family it is now opened to the public and has a great shedule of events for children at christmas
As noted in a previous Tip Dublin Zoo has a great reputation for rearing big cats. In fact the MGM lion at the start of the movies is reputed to have come from Dublin Zoo. Here is a picture I took a few years ago of playful tiger cubs that were successfully bred in the zoo.
Tigers are just my favourite animals and one day I hope to shoot one in the wild and mount it on my wall....ok I had you going there for a minute I mean with my camera and hang the photo !!!!
Dublin Zoo has had great success breeding tigers and has just opened a new enclosure for them which is way ahead of their previous one. I know it still is not completely their natural habitat but it does help conservation of this beautiful animal.
Best zoo I've been to. One for those who like to see the big animals tigers, lions, giraffes, elephants, gorillas ...
Zoos like Bristol/London used to have loads of these but, quite rightly, have now reduced the numbers to give the few they've kept more space. They also have fantastic educational programs and support programs for some endangered species which is all very commendable (I myself sponsor at Bristol in a small way).
But for ordinary people like myself there is nothing quite like seeing all the big beasts in the flesh and Dublin has been designed with loads of space and just about every large animal you could want to see (OK no Polar Bears or Pandas, though they had Red Pandas).
Great place to spend ambling round. Not cheap (12.5 Euro) to get in but still good value.
Top entertainment value was watching the keepers try to get food past the 20 or so herons hanging around to the seals. It must happen every feeding time so I didn't understand why the keepers seemed so confused. An unitentional circus clown act.