Zoological Society of Ireland, Dublin Zoo

Last updated: 22 November 2022

Address and contact details
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland
Tel: 353 (0)1 474 8900
Fax: 353 (0)1 677 1660
Email: sbutler@dublinzoo.ie
Web site: www.dublinzoo.ie
Background to the collection
Year founded:1833
Ownership:The Council of the Zoological Society
private, with state backing
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork-individual, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Zoo Associations (BIAZA and EAZA)
Director: Leo Oosterweghel
Curator: Stephen Butler
Contact person: Stephen Butler
Total Staff:approx 50
Total Horticultural Staff:6
Physical environment
Altitude:near sea level
Soil type:clay loam on limestone bedrock
Aspect:Open, in parkland, heavily planted site
Total area:28 ha
Area heated:animal houses only
Other sites of collection:sister site at Fota Arboretum & Gardens in County Cork
Plant collection
Record Keeping:Unknown
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Teaching and Education:plants highlighted within education where possible, many plants have signs for identification
Interpretation:some plant labels, occasional displays as part of promotion or education programme
Friends Organisation:volunteer helpers in education only
approx 50
Visitor facilities:shops and restaurant
Access to the collections
Public access:as a member or on payment, all year
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 09.30 to 18.00 or dusk in winter
Guiding principles behind the collection
Initial planting was as a garden, rose beds etc, now themed to be as naturalistic as possible, creating a green background and pleasant ambience for visitors plus planting within exhibits to recreate natural habitat. Within large scale plantings there is scope for more interesting plants. Plants now seen as just as valuable as animal exhibits.
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