OVER ONE MILLION people visited Dublin Zoo in 2013 for the third consecutive year with the zoo remaining Ireland’s most popular family attraction.
The final footfall figure for last year was 1,026,611 and Dublin Zoo said it plans to continue to develop this year “further enhancing the visitor experience and ensuring visitors continue to receive the best value for money”.
“We are extremely proud to be in a position to say that after a decade of continuous investment and development Dublin Zoo is amongst the best Zoos in the world,” commented Leo Oosterweghel, director of the zoo.
A number of high profile additions have been introduced over the last twelve months including the arrival of okapi, an Amur tiger, two snow leopards and an Asian lion.
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2013 also saw a number of new births which include a southern white rhinoceros calf, a white-faced saki, white crowned manabeys and a pair of red panda twins.
The zoo also opened a new Play Forest with an all-weather playground for children.
Oosterweghel said the zoo is now an integral part of more and more European breeding programmes for endangered species. “Irish people are proud of their zoo and families are looking for fun, educational activities to do together and we are delighted to be able to provide a world class experience for families to visit and explore,” he added.