Dublin Zoo's popular Wild Lights spectacular saw a 35% rise in visitor numbers in 2018

REPRO FREE NO REPRO FEE Monday, 29th October 2018 Nina Kiernan (12) pictured at the display at Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo. Ireland’s award-winning night-time spectacular will open to the public this Thursday, 1st November and run until Sunday 6th, January from 5pm – 9pm. The event, which sold out in 2017, returns with a brand-new theme, “Ocean of Light” and entirely new cast of silk lanterns. Tickets are available exclusively at Dublinzoo.ie. -ENDS- For more information, please contact: Serena Joyce / Suzanne O’Connor M: 087 660 6961 / 083 816 0562 [email protected]

Dublin Zoo's Wild Lights event enjoyed an illuminating second year in 2018 with a 35% rise in visitor numbers.

Around 1.2 million visited Dublin Zoo last year - a drop of around 100,000 on 2018 - however, the night time spectacular pulled in the crowds.

Over its November-January run, 210,235 people attended, a 35 per cent rise on the numbers who went in 2017.

It was a busy year overall for Dublin Zoo with the arrival of over one hundred new arrivals, including the birth of three California sea lion pups, an Asian elephant calf, two Rothschild giraffe calves, three scimitar-horned oryx calves (a species classified as extinct in the wild), two red-ruffed lemur pups and eleven Chilean flamingo chicks, among others.

August 2018 saw the opening of the Discovery and Learning Centre - Ireland’s newest state-of-the-art facility for environmental education which includes two classrooms, a lecture theatre and an education centre.

President Michael D. Higgins opened the €3 million facility which provides immersive education programmes in biodiversity, wildlife conservation, ecology and zoology for schools and colleges throughout Ireland.

REPRO FREE NO REPRO FEE Thursday, 16th August 2018 Dublin Zoo is celebrating the arrival of 9 Chilean flamingo chicks. The chicks hatched after a 30 day incubation and now join the 86-strong flock at Dublin Zoo. With a number of eggs still in the nest, keepers are eagerly awaiting several more hatchlings in the coming weeks. The Chilean flamingo is famed for its striking pink plumage with crimson feathers along the edge of the wings. At birth the chicks have a grey, white plumage which they lose gradually over a two to three year period. Their colour comes from carotenoid pigments which they consume as part of their diet. To see the newest members of the flock, visit Dublin Zoo’s Flamingo Lagoon. For further information visit www.facebook.com/dublinzoo, www.dublinzoo.ie. -ENDS- For more information, please contact: Siobhán Grogan / Suzanne O’Connor, Teneo PSG, M: 085 224 9485 / 083 816 0562 [email protected] © Patrick Bolger

Dublin Zoo Director Leo Oosterweghel said:

“The success of Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo has gone far beyond what we thought possible when it first opened in 2017.

In its first year we were delighted to see so many people attend our night time spectacular, but to increase that number by 35% the next year is remarkable.

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