Dublin zoo Hits new record with over 900,000 visitors in 2007

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Dublin zoo Hits new record with over 900,000 visitors in 2007

Monday, 31 December 2007

Baby elephant boosts Zoo numbers - despite the rain!

Dublin

Dublin Zoo Visitors

Dublin Zoo is celebrating having experienced its busiest year in its 176 year history. More than 905,000 people visited the Zoo during 2007! The massive figure represents a rise of over 20 on last year, despite a summer which will go down in the history books as one of the wettest on record.

Zoo Director, Leo Oosterweghel said:

“We are absolutely delighted and excited by this unprecedented result. Dublin Zoo continues to be one of the most popular attractions in the country and the changes that we are implementing in the zoo are transforming it into a world class facility. This achievement was only possible though through the combined efforts of the Zoo team and dedicated volunteers, working together to ensure that visitors have a good experience”.

This year's unprecedented numbers have shown an enormous appreciation for Dublin Zoo and of course, the birth of beautiful Asian elephant, Asha in May generated huge attention from far and wide as people flocked to the Zoo desperate for a glimpse of the very first elephant to be born in the Republic.

The Kaziranga Forest Trail, reminiscent of the great Kaziranga National Park in India, was opened by An Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern TD in June. It not only gives the herd of Asian elephants a wonderful new habitat but, as visitors follow the meandering trail, they are unwittingly immersed into the animal's world - glimpsing the family in near natural surroundings.

Other draws in 2007 were of course the births of a baby male giraffe, three rare red river hoglets and a litter of kune kune pigs - a domestic breed rarely bred successfully in Ireland.

Dublin Zoo looks forward to 2008 with much excitement.

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