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.