The last destination in our list was the Dublin Zoo which is regarded as the country’s biggest zoo as well as one of the top tourist attractions in this part of the world. It is located in Phoenix Park in Dublin which came into existence in the year 1832. It is mainly used for study, education and conservation of different types of species found in the world. It also has the aim of working in tandem with zoos located in different parts of the world in order to make sure that all the endangered species are conserved properly.
It is spread over an area of 28 hectares and is divided into different zones namely Endangered Species, City Farm, Plants, Reptiles, Birds, African Plains, Fringes of Arctic, Kaziranga Forest Trail, World of Primates, World of Cats, etc. The main focus of the zoo is to breed species which have been rated as endangered.
It is also one of members of EEP (European Endangered Species Programme) which works for taking care of endangered species across Europe. All the species under the supervision of EEP has a specific coordinator which takes care of the breeding process. The Dublin Zoo has been given the responsibility to oversee the process of breeding of Moluccan cockatoo and golden lion tamarin.
The zoo is also made up of members of Goeldi’s monkey and white faced saki whose breeding habits are coordinated by various other EEP zoos. We were very happy to see that the zoo takes all the efforts for protecting and increasing the number of endangered species and also tries to conduct researches and study tours related to them. The African Plains comprises of an African themed zone of 13 hectares and houses scimitar horned oryx, common zebras, giraffes, white rhinos, ostriches, western lowland gorillas, etc.
On reaching the Fringes of Arctic section, we could spot different types of animals like Siberian tigers, grey wolves, Humboldt penguins, California sea lions, etc. The reptile house comprises of gila monsters, Asian leaf turtles, Burmese pythons, plated lizards, Nile crocodiles, Chilean rose tarantulas, etc. The Robert’s house is made of Rodrigues fruit bats, Victoria crowned pigeons, yellow backed lories, great Indian hornbills, etc.