Zoos and Wildlife Parks of Ireland

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    Belfast Zoo - Asian Elephants

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    While Irish wildlife tends to be on the underwhelming side (less than thirty land mammals are considered native), vacationers can see rare animals here - three major zoos and wildlife parks are open to the public.

    The zoos in Dublin and Belfast and the extensive park in Fota are home to a variety of species. From big cats to small monkeys, from colorful exotic waterfowl to large South-American rodents, from the common to the unusual. And with some surprises thrown in.

    At all sights you will find animals roaming free, though not necessarily by design. Whether you are an animal lover yourself or are traveling with kids, a visit should be considered. For further details please also refer to our in-depth reviews of Dublin Zoo, Belfast Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park.

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    Belfast Zoo - Prairie Dog

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    This is one of the several prairie dogs that escaped from their enclosure and are now living semi-wild near the Floral Hall.

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    Belfast Zoo - Spectacled Bears

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    Belfast Zoo - Short-Clawed Otter

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    Belfast Zoo - Temminck's Golden Cat

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    This cat actually manages to hide from most visitors in its very leafy enclosure - patience will pay off.

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    Belfast Zoo - Peacock

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    Belfast Zoo - Fossa

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    Another shy animal - the enigmatic fossa.

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    Belfast Zoo - Himalayan Sunbear

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    Belfast Zoo - Small Monkey

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    Fota Wildlife Park - Exotic Duck

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    Waterfowl are numerous in the park and can actually be fed.

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    Fota Wildlife Park - Llamas

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    Fota Wildlife Park - Giraffe Family

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    Fota Wildlife Park - Maras

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    Fota Wildlife Park - Cheetah

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    Fota has an international reputation for breeding cheetahs. Unfortunately the cheetah enclosures are not the most visitor-friendly ones in the park.

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    Fota Wildlife Park - Relaxed Kangaroo

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    Kangeroos are among the species roaming the park at will.

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    Fota Wildlife Park - Monkeys at Large

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    Fota Wildlife Park - A Glorious Peacock

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    Fota Wildlife Park - Ring-Tailed Lemurs

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    The lemurs are free to roam the parkland and known to ambush visitors with snacks ...

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    Fota Wildlife Park - Capybara

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    These rodents from South America are the size of a dog and agile swimmers - they roam the park at will but stay close to the lakes.

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    Dublin Zoo - Rhinoceros

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    Dublin Zoo - Hippos

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    Dublin Zoo - Siberian Tiger

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    These enormous big cats can be viewed up close through tempered glass.

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    Dublin Zoo - Red Ruffed Lemurs

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    Dublin Zoo - Snow Leopard

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    Blink and you'll miss him! The natural camouflage of the snow leopard makes him near invisible at times.

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    Dublin Zoo - Chimpanzee

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    Dublin Zoo - Red Panda

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    ... if you are travelling with children, expect them to ask for one as a pet!

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    Dublin Zoo - Sealion

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    Dublin Zoo - Penguins

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