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Zoo, Dublin: 22 reviews and 47 photos

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by sourbugger

Phoenix park is the home to Dublin Zoo. I visited it for the first time in 2007, and was duly impressed. It is obvious that many millions of Euros have been sunk into producing a very well planned and attractive ?zoo experience?. This appears to be dramatic change from some years back when it had a bit of a reputation for being a very old-fashioned place when tatty and bored animals were squeezed into tiny living spaces. Much like living in a North Dublin Council estate.

Of special note is the ?African plains? section which is set around an attractive lake. With clever design features, you can often look out over wild African animals with very few visual clues to tell you that you are still firmly in the centre of a European city rather than the Great Rift Valley.

The tiger enclosure was another winner, set on a steep hill you get a great view wherever they are. The Elephants have a fantastic space, and with the arrival of Asha, the first elephant born in Ireland a real crowd-pleaser.

All the usual suspects you would expect to find in a zoo make an appearance with a few notable exceptions. I couldn?t find any camels (my personal favourites, due to their bad-tempered personalities) or any Panda (not so much bothered about that, they are too cute by half).

A great family day out. Alwats good to visit the in-laws.

Address: Dublin Zoo
Directions: Bus routes to the zoo include the Number 10 (from O'Connell Street) and Numbers 25 & 26
Phone: +00 353 (0)1 474 8900
Website: http://www.dublinzoo.ie/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 28, 2007
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