Dublin Zoo

22 Apr

Dublin Zoo is the largest zoo in Ireland and one of Dublin’s most popular attractions. It was opened in 1831,[4] and describes itself as a place of conservation, study, and education. The zoo’s misson statement is to “work in partnership with zoos worldwide to make a significant contribution to the conservation of the endangered species on Earth”. It cover over 69 acres of Phoenix Park, it is divided into areas named World of Cats, World of Primates, The Kaziranga Forest Trail, Fringes of the Arctic, African Plains, Birds, Reptiles, Plants, City Farm and Endangered Species.

At the time of its opening it was called the Zoological Gardens Dublin, and opened its doors on 1 September 1831. At the time all the animals, 46 mammals and 72 birds, were donated by London Zoo. The founders of Dublin Zoo were members of the medical profession and used the area as a place to practice and experiment in their profession.

Dublin Zoo is part of a global program to help breed endangered species. It is a member of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), which aids in  the conservation of endangered species on the European Continent. Each species watched by the EEP has a single coordinator that is in charge of the building of breeding groups with the hope to achieve a more balanced and genetically optimal species.. Dublin Zoo manages the EEP for the Golden lion tamarin and the Moluccan Cockatoo. It also helps to house  the species Goeldi’s monkey and the white-faced Saki which are part of EEPs coordinated by other zoos. The focus is on conservation, which includes breeding and protecting endangered species, as well as research, study and education.

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