Dublin Zoo reopens today to the public on Monday after four months of closure due to the COVID-19 restriction. Staffs are delighted to welcome visitors back to the parks after a long closure without any money coming in.
“IT FEELS A bit like Christmas,” zookeeper Brendan Walsh uploaded her status on Twitter just an hour after Dublin Zoo reopened its doors to the public this morning. The team at Dublin Zoo also shared their excitement with the news on Social Media: “We are delighted to announce that following the recent announcement from Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Dublin Zoo will be open to the public from the 26th of April 2021 in a reduced capacity and under strict health and safety protocols.
Zookeeper Brendan Walsh says today “feels a bit like Christmas” as @DublinZoo reopens.— Hayley Halpin (@HayleyHalpin1) April 26, 2021
“It’s just that buzz of having the place feel back the way it used to feel. I genuinely missed visitors,” he tells me.
We’re delighted to announce that Dublin Zoo will be reopening the Outdoor Safari Trail this Friday, December 4th! All annual pass and day pass tickets will be available to pre-book online from tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1st at 11am. pic.twitter.com/uvcPGFh8cn— Dublin Zoo (@DublinZoo) November 30, 2020
“We do need visitors to come on site again to build up that buffer for the next winter because it is a difficult time. The summers are fine because during that time, zoo traditionally have enough visitor to make money. Last year, with the very restricted visitor number, we were not able to do that. We are hoping very much that this year will be different. We can let more visitor on-site during this summer.” Director Christoph Schwitzer shared.
It costs the zoo about €1 million a month to run, with the cost of animal care alone reaching €500,000 each month. Hence, Dublin Zoo have to appeal to the public for getting them through the winter and raise over €1 million in two days.
Excitement abounds as Dublin Zoo reopens to the public. People expressed their excitement to break up the usual routine and get the first visit to the zoo since lockdown started.
So excited to bring Conall on his 1st of many trips to @DublinZoo next week 🦁🐺🐯🐵— Chucky Or-lagh (@orlaghhunter) April 22, 2021
The famous zoo will be open to the public from April 26 in a reduced capacity. There will be several strict health and safety protocols in place. There are touchless hand sanitizing stations, signage reinforcing physical distancing, hand-hygiene, coughing/sneezing etiquette around the site.