On our last day in Dublin we caught a bus from Upper O'Connell Street out to the Zoo in Phoenix Park. The bus took about 20 minutes and only cost €2 so it was well worth the trip. We had 2 for 1 tickets from cereal boxes aswell so it was €8 each to get in. Bargain!
Dublin Zoo is steeped in it's very own history, but is most famously known for breeding the lion which roars on the MGM ident you would have seen a million times before a film starts. Unfortunately, Dublin's current lions weren't in their enclosure when we visited, but we still saw the beautiful tigers and snow leopard.
I think this is the best zoo I've ever visited - all of the animals seemed happy, the collection was vast and the sun was shining! We took our time wandering around and taking in as much as we could, and if we didn't have a flight to catch we probably would have stayed longer. The only thing which disappointed me was the lack of meerkats in the meerkat cafe where we had lunch! I love watching meerkats play and we specifically went in there for lunch as we thought it overlooked the meerkat enclosure but we didn't see any. :(
Baby monkey! This little guy was being spoilt by his parents who were bringing him food. He's a white crowned mangabey and he is adorable. If you want to read up a little bit on him and his sister who was also born at the zoo, click here. (Hopefully soon they'll be riding backwards on a pig.) Unfortunately I got the shine off the glass when taking these photos but I hope you can still kinda see him and his pudgy little face.
Another baby! This little rhino was only 7 weeks old! In the enclosure were both his parents (Mum pictured) and an older sibling. Dad got talking to the rhino keeper and we learnt a lot about them, and were shocked to find out that they have to keep security high at night because they're at threat from poachers for their horns! For some reason I just didn't think zoos would have that sort of problem. Naive little me.
I had to share this photo of a sleepy sloth. They're too hilarious :)
Well sadly, I think that pretty much sums up our Dublin trip! After the zoo we headed back to the hotel to check out and went to a nice pub for our last pint of Guinness before heading back to Bristol where it rained for the next 3 days...