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via Dublin Zoo Facebook page.
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Reeling in the Years: Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

The zoo first opened its gates in 1840 when entry cost just a penny on Sundays.

DUBLIN ZOO IS this weekend celebrating 180 years in existence having survived the famine, war and economic hardship to become one of the country’s leading attractions.

This weekend visitors will enjoy lots of festivities happening around the zoo including special keeper talks, giant games and music on the lawn.

Celebrations will continue through the week as historian Catherine de Courcy hosts a series of historical tours with anecdotes about elephant rides, chimp’s tea parties, ice skating on the lake and other animal antics from the attraction’s history.

The tours will take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week at 10.30am and will cost €15 for non-members and €7.50 for members.

More details on Dublin Zoo’s website and on their Facebook page which also has these delightful images of the world-famous zoo down through the years:

Reeling in the Years: Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years
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  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

  • Dublin Zoo celebrates 180 years

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