Dublin Zoo

So today we visited the Dublin Zoo.  The kids have already been twice and I knew they were somewhat bored that last time we went in March 2015, but as I had three free tickets using Tesco points, we paid 12.20 for one child to get in and had a nice family day out for cheap!!   The first time we visited the zoo, we were just tourists living in the UK checking out Dublin to see what it was like while Nils had a conference here and we moved 8 months later.  It was FREEZING cold.

They opened a new sea lion area with a cafe and a flamingo area so we thought why not, let’s have a look. But had our fill for the next two years – or until they do something major.   I’d rather travel up to Belfast to check out the Belfast Zoo or even to Cork for Fota Wildlife Park – as it’s been well over 10 years since we’ve been there.

The sea lion show, while short, was great – Flo was great!

For some reason, nearly all the animals were sleeping today so I only took photos of those who were actually awake.

The elephants were so cute – now there is a male in the mix, they have three babies and a pregnant female [which we learned their gestation period is 22 months!]  I never new elephants like swimming – they babies were in there under water, etc.
HOW CUTE are these babies in the water?!  I never new they could swim – apparently they can and are very good at it.

Snow Leopard was awake and walking around for a few minutes but then went to the cave and started to nap.

The giraffe in the middle kept being followed by the oryx until finally he just accepted he was never going to leave his side.  A lady next to me told her child it was a GOAT!  LOL

A stop off at the playground area – which was packed!

A fun day out but I think we are content on not returning for a few more years (unless free, of course). There is just not enough to do or see.

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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