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Native Species Weekend at Dublin Zoo


Native Species Weekend at Dublin Zoo

Since 2007, Dublin Zoo, in partnership with a variety of wildlife experts and organizations, has hosted a Native Species Weekend.

The aim of this weekend is to acknowledge our wonderful native wildlife and to highlight and how everyone can play a role in conserving it. Over the weekend, wildlife experts set up in and around a marquee in the zoo. There is always lots of fun to be had with interactive activities, biofacts, mini-aquariums and much more. And naturally, there are lots of wildlife experts to answer any questions you might have on the wildlife around us.

Since the Native Species Weekend began,  23 different organisations have come on board to help host this event. And, most years, we have also had the pleasure of Don Conroy demonstrating how to draw the animals around us.


Bat Conservation Ireland

BirdWatch Ireland




Environmental Protection Agency

Galway Atlantaquaria

Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust

Irish Peatlands Conservation Council

Irish Squirrel Survey 2007 (COFORD, National Council for Forest Research and Development)

Irish Wildlife Trust

Leave No Trace

Marine Dimensions

National Botanic Gardens

National Museum of Ireland

National Parks and Wildlife Service

Native Woodland Trust

OWLS Children’s Nature Club

Sea Life Bray

Stop Food Waste

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Tree council of Ireland

Wicklow Mountains National Park


Check out the Dublin Zoo calendar to see when the next Native Species Weekend is taking place!


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