VISITOR numbers to Dublin Zoo broke records last year, reaching a grand total of 1,029,417.
This is a 2.5% increase on the visitor numbers of 2011, which saw 1,005,776 pass through its gates.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have welcomed even more visitors than last year. We would like to thank all our friends and supporters, old and new, who helped us achieve this new record. Reaching one million in 2011 was fantastic, but to do it again and add to that number is phenomenal,” said director of Dublin Zoo Leo Oosterweghel.
“Our success can be attributed to the dedication and hard work of the team at Dublin Zoo. The team continuously strives to enhance the animal habitats and at the same time ensure that visitors have an unforgettable experience which is value for money.
“We are delighted to say that the zoo is more popular than ever. We are extremely proud to be in a position to say that after a decade of continuous development that Dublin Zoo is amongst the best zoos in the world,” he continued.
2012 was also an eventful and busy year for Dublin Zoo, with the highlights of its year including the opening of the Asian Forest, and a visit from international superstar Jennifer Lopez, who enjoyed a family day out there in October. The popular television programme, The Zoo, aired for 10 weeks on RTE One, and The Zoo Christmas Special was watched by an average audience of 429,000 viewers.
Dublin Zoo also celebrated baby gorilla Kituba’s first birthday, and they also welcomed many new arrivals, including a rare Eastern bongo calf, a tapir calf, two red panda cubs, two meerkat pups, two snowy owls, a sea lion pup, and many births at the Family Farm.
Also new to the zoo last year for the first time ever are two young Asian lionesses and a bull elephant, Upali, which was a momentous development for the zoo and the international breeding programme.
Dublin Zoo now looks forward to continuing develop and further enhancing the visitor experience for 2013.
For more information, visit www.dublinzoo.ie.