Opened in 1831, Dublin Zoo is one of the world’s oldest zoos. Located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction, and welcomes over one million visitors each year. It has been transformed in recent decades providing world-class zoo habitats for over 80 species numbering approximately 500 animals across 28 hectares. Dublin Zoo’s grounds and lakes are also home to a wide variety of wild native species.
In 2011 Dublin Zoo joined the Frozen Ark Project. Since then over 140 blood and tissue samples have been collected from animals in Dublin Zoo and stored at Dublin Zoo and at Dublin Zoo’s Frozen Ark partner, University College Dublin. Bloods samples are taken during routine veterinary procedures, while tissue samples are taken from animals post-mortem. Dublin Zoo has invested in an ultra-low temperature freezer, storing samples at -80oC. Dublin Zoo is committed to the long-term storage of these samples until future conservation efforts require them.