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Dublin Zoo – Zoorassic World

Dublin Zoo – Zoorassic World

Roberts House is a landmark building and of historical significance originally built in 1898. The building was designed by the architect Laurence Aloysius McDonnell and was originally used as the Lions enclosure within Dublin Zoo. As part of the Zoorassic World project, the building undertook an extensive refurbishment programme and is now home to Dublin Zoo’s living reptile habitats. The projects centre-piece is “Stan”, a life-size replica fossil skeleton of a male adult Tyrannosaurus Rex

Dublin Zoo – Orangutan Forest

Dublin Zoo – Orangutan Forest

The Orangutan Forest was inspired by the natural environment of the Bornean orangutans, the tropical rainforests of Borneo. Orangutans are arboreal animals that spend the majority of the time in the trees of their rainforest home.The project involved the construction of a new lake & habitat for the orangutans with associated life support and holding buildings with visitor viewing areas provided to the new habitat. Also included was the refurbishment of existing structures to provide storage & bathroom facilities and the construction of associated landscape works throughout the site. Newly constructed steel & shotcrete “Trees” for the Orangutans with specialist rope walkways high above the visitor pathways enable the Orangutans access each of the islands

Dublin Zoo – Sea Lions & Flamingos

Dublin Zoo – Sea Lions & Flamingos

Dublin Zoo’s primary ethos is to ensure all animals under its care are located in habitats that have been created to ensure that the animals overall welfare is paramount. The Pacific Coast project was commissioned by Dublin Zoo to ensure that both the Californian Sealions and Chilean Flamingos would be provided with new habitats that will not only ensure both species welfare but allow them an environment in which to thrive.

Area 1 - Californian Sea lion Habitat

The construction of a new 400m2 salt water pool & habitat for the Californian sea lions, new sea lion holding, buildings with associated life support buildings and visitor viewing areas to the new habitat. This new sea lion habitat is twice the size of the existing habitat and allows visitors to Dublin Zoo to observe the sea lions swimming underwater.

Area 2 - Chilean Flamingo Aviary

A new 15,000m3 free flight aviary structure for the Chilean flamingos was constructed on the site of the existing flamingo habitat. The existing holding buildings were retained within the habitat while a new internal viewing area was created. Access to and from the aviary is via steel framed vestibules at each end of the viewing platform.

Dublin Zoo – Gorilla Habitat

Dublin Zoo – Gorilla Habitat

The project consisted of the demolition of the existing Rhino Enclosure and construction of new Gorilla Exhibit including new holding building and all associated external works. The 12,000m2 habitat of undulating topography was carefully designed to replicate the gorillas natural West African habitat. High, rocky outcrops and sprawling trees afforded the gorillas a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, while water features and dense vegetation allow them to forage and rest in secluded areas.

Dublin Zoo - African Savanna

Dublin Zoo - African Savanna

The 22,000m2 habitat is home for a mixed group of African mammals including giraffe, zebra, ostrich, and the endangered scimitar horned oryx. The landscape consists of a rock escarpments, sand, grasses and isolated trees which was built on land which was formerly part of the neighbouring lands of Aras an Uachtarain. The project involved the excavation and movement of thousands of cubic metres of earth, the placing of 5000 tonnes of Donegal sandstone boulders and the laying of 6000 m3 of sand. The creation of an escarpment on a previously flat field has now allowed visitors to enjoy the full scale of the habitat with perimeter viewing platforms, seating and lighting.

Dublin Zoo – Family Farm

Dublin Zoo – Family Farm

The works consisted of internal refurbishment of existing buildings, demolition works to some of the existing buildings and the construction of new buildings at the site of the existing city farm in Dublin Zoo. The existing public toilets and 1st aid room were refurbished with fit-out works to kitchen and hoof stock barn. The existing pig & pony barn, hay barn, cow barn and milking barn were demolished and new facilities & buildings installed in their place. A new farmhouse school and staff room were built in conjunction with the other new buildings. Works also included hard and soft landscaping incorporating fencing, paved areas and lighting.

Dublin Zoo - Kaziranga Forest Trail

Dublin Zoo - Kaziranga Forest Trail

The Kaziranga Forest Trail is Dublin Zoo's Asian Elephant enclosure and is named after the Kaziranga National Park in India. The enclosure features a waterfall and large two pools for the elephants, as well as sheltered viewing areas and a children's playground for visitors.The habitat is home to 11 elephants, two adult females named Bernhardine & Yasmin, two younger females named Asha & Anak and a bull named Upali

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