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21 March 2023

Swing into spring this Easter

We are getting ready for an egg-stra special Easter at Belfast Zoo on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 April.

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10 February 2023

Belfast Zoo gets an early Valentine’s gift as 40th endangered giraffe calf is born

The baby Rothschild’s giraffe was born in our giraffe house on Sunday 5 February 2022, just in time to celebrate Valentine’s day.

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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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