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28 October 2023 - 29 October 2023

Boo at the Zoo

This Halloween, trick or treat yourself to fiendish fun at Boo at the Zoo.

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8 August 2023

Lord Mayor opens New Kingdom at Belfast Zoo!

The ‘Kingdom of the Barbary Lion’ has been officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Belfast at Belfast Zoo. The Lord Mayor of Belfas...

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27 July 2023

Lions moving to the new kingdom of the Barbary lion

We are delighted to announce that we will be moving our lions to the new kingdom of the Barbary lion habitat.

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Conservation and history

History of the zoo

Learn about our history, when we opened, and recent developments.

Our history
The role of a modern zoo

Zoos were first created as private collections, or menageries but their aims and objectives have changed greatly.

Our role
Breeding programmes

Good zoos are more than simply a place to see animals. We play a vital role in the conservation of species at risk.

Our breeding programmes
Supported conservation projects

More species are facing extinction than ever before. We have a responsibility to ensure their survival.

Our supported projects

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