Dublin Zoo celebrates record breaking visitor numbers in 2015

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Dublin Zoo celebrates record breaking visitor numbers in 2015

Thursday, 07 January 2016

Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce its highest, ever visitor numbers with 1,105,005 people passing through its gates in 2015 – over 28,000 more than 2014. The one millionth person to visit the zoo in 2015 arrived on October 10 this year, 19 days earlier than 2014. The footfall figure once again confirms Dublin Zoo as Ireland’s most popular family attraction.

Leo Oosterweghel, Director of Dublin Zoo said there were many reasons for the continued success, foremost the opening of two new habitats in 2015. “2015 has been an excellent year for Dublin Zoo and surpassed all of our expectations. Sea Lion Cove was opened by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins last spring and the feedback from our visitors has been hugely positive. It’s a beautiful, spacious and enriching habitat for the California sea lions. It has a stunning underwater viewing area which allow visitors to see how these beautiful mammals move.”

The elephant calves are another favourite amongst visiting families, and with the calves turning one during the summer, this definitely helped draw people through the gates to witness the birthday celebrations. There were 50 new animal arrivals during the year including an Asian lion cub, a bongo calf and a Rothschild giraffe.

Dublin Zoo is preparing for another year of exciting activity including the opening of Orangutan Forest which will be complete by spring. Mr. Oosterweghel continued, “We are crafting beautiful rainforest trees that look very realistic, these will provide climbing opportunities for the orangutans.”

Dublin Zoo is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on commercial revenue and the revenue generated from visitors. All monies generated go directly back into ensuring the continuous development of the Zoo.

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