I was lucky enough to be invited to ‘Waking up at Dublin Zoo’ because of my blog. I was delighted as I’ve never been invited to anything through the blog before. I love animals so this was the perfect opportunity to get to see the zoo before it opened.
I got to meet Queen of pots, who I have known through the internet for years but never met. I also got to meet other photo bloggers. I thought I’d feel a bit out of my depth because I don’t have a DSLR camera but everyone was so friendly.
We met at the zoo at 8.00am. Firstly we all got coffee then we were split into groups. Our group got to go to the African Plains. The African Plains is a fairly new part of the zoo. The land was given to the zoo from the garden of Áras an Uachtaráin which is where President Mary McAleese lives. She has her own gate should she wish to visit the zoo.
The first zoo keeper we met looks after the chimpanzees. He was throwing apples to them, they were great at catching! He told us all about them, how they can kill a man! That really surprised me I always assumed they were gentle creature.
After the chimps we moved on to the rhino’s. We heard how they liked to get their bellies tickled!
Then it was onto the giraffes who share their habitat with zebra’s, oryx and ostriches. The zoo keeper was telling us that one of the giraffes bends down to ‘kiss’ her when she is let in and out each day.
All the groups met up and were taken to see the elephants. On the way in to see them we met Ray D’Arcy so that was good :). The elephants were meant to be washed but it was a cold morning so that didn’t happen. The zoo keeper was washing them later on in the day.
The first elephant to be born in Ireland is in the zoo.
Baby Budi weighed in at around 80 kilos (176lbs) when born on February 17 2008 (so he shares my birthday!)
We all headed back to the Meerkat Restaurant for breakfast and a chat. Afterwards we were free to wander around the zoo. I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked as I was rushing to catch the train. Hopefully I’ll go back again soon. It was great to see behind the scenes at the zoo. The zoo keepers are all very knowledgeable and passionate about their job.
Thanks to all at Dublin Zoo for a lovely day, it really is a great day out for all the family. There are some more photo’s here. If anyone else would like to invite me to take photo’s please get in touch 😉