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See What’s New at the Dublin Zoo

January 2, 2014 by

Panda Cubs

Dublin Zoo welcomes red panda cub twins.

Dublin Zoo is situated in Phoenix Park at the heart of Dublin city. The zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction, and one of the world’s oldest and yet popular zoos. Located on a 28 hectare park; the zoo is home to some 400 animals.

For families visiting Dublin, it’s a stimulating day out with a chance for the kids to learn about wild animals including endangered species. In fact, they’ve just welcomed a few special species to their animal family.

Red Panda Cubs

Dublin Zoo welcomed the birth of two red panda cubs on July 14, 2013. The twins weighed about 150 grams at birth and are growing adventurous and have started to venture out of their den. The cubs have thick, dense fur, and even have fur on the soles of their feet to help keep them from slipping on wet branches.

The brother and sister have a strong bond with their parents, and the zoo is currently inviting fans to suggest names for the new arrivals based on their Asian origins.

Okapis

Okapis are thought to be related to giraffes.

Meet Two New Okapis: Kamba and Kitabu

The Dublin Zoo has recently added two male okapis to the family. Kamba aged 14 and Kitabu aged 6, came from Rotterdam Zoo and are the first okapis in Ireland. These mammals have the unique distinction of being the last species of mammals to be described by western science and they still remain somewhat of a mystery.

They are thought to be the only living relative of the giraffe and were originally found in the Ituri Rainforest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This unique mammal strips leaves from overhead branches with its long black tongue.

Dublin Zoo Mangabey

White crowned mangabey family.

White Crowned Mangabeys

The Dublin Zoo also welcomed two rare white crowned mangabey babies. The half brother and sister were sired by the dominant male, Danzo, and arrived at the zoo in April, 2013, just two weeks apart by two different mothers.

White crowned mangabeys are endangered in the wild and the zoo is only one of 12 in Europe participating in a breeding program. You can spot the babies out and about with other family members in the African Plains section of the zoo.

Dublin Zoo is a not for profit organization and is open seven days a week from 9.30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For those interested in learning more about different mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates the Dublin Zoo is a perfect destination. For more information visit their website.

Photo credits: dublinzoo



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