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Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Love, Play | 3 comments

A wooden zoo

A wooden zoo

Because the sun was shining this weekend, we decided to take advantage of our newly acquired Dublin zoo membership and go visit the animals. Little did we know that a whole new zoo awaited us.

Now before you get too excited, I should clarify that the zoo itself hasn’t changed. All that changed was the way we came in!

Any time we have visited the zoo previously we’ve purchased our tickets and come in through the main gate. However this time we walked in through the members gate, which is further up. So rather than taking our usual route past all the monkeys first, we walked in the opposite direction and soon found ourselves in the family farm – a section of the zoo that we had seen signposted but had never visited before.


The first thing we saw when we walked into the farmyard was a little play area. The animals were all but forgotten while the giant wooden tractor complete with steering wheel AND slide took centre stage. What more could a Little Man want!


When we finally convinced Little Man that he might enjoy looking at the animals, we wandered around and met chickens, goats, cows, and pigs. There were even some baby pigs!


But it seems that the lovely wooden carvings that are scattered through the zoo grounds were more interesting than the animals on this particular visit.


As we walked around what was previously an unexplored part of the zoo for us, not only did we find a reptile house and an Asian jungle, but we found a range of new wooden friends. Aren’t they fantastic?!


  1. Looks like you had fun! That’s definitely the best route to take, you end up going against the crowds as the day goes on. Did you see the Meerkat cafe? It has a really nice selection of not-so-fast food and lots of indoor seating if it gets rainy.

    • Believe it or not we were there so early the Meerkat Cafe wasn’t open yet! But we hadn’t seen it before and we were impressed with how big it looked.

      I agree that route takes you through a much nicer section of the zoo. We thought it was great.

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