Belfast Zoological Gardens
Belfast Zoological Gardens is located in North Belfast on the slopes of Cave Hill and and is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species, many of which are in danger in their natural habitat. The zoo also carries out important conservation work and takes part in over 90 European and global collaborative breeding programmes which help to ensure the survival of many species under threat.
As one of the oldest visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, many visitors have fond memories of visiting the gardens, which have been home to the animals since 1934. Belfast Zoo is now a leading and award-winning visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, with more than 300,000 visitors each year.
Popular attractions include the Asian elephants, Rothschild's giraffes, California sea lions, penguins, apes, Malayan tapirs, giant anteater, Malayan sun bears, Visayan warty pigs, Goodfellow's tree kangaroo, red-backed bearded sakis, crowned sifaka and Sumatran tigers.
Other onsite facilities include the Treetop Tearoom, Percy's Picnic Pitstop, Zoovenir Shop, children's playground, and designated picnic areas. The zoo also runs a regular programme of special events through the year.
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Animal adoption makes a great gift for the animal lovers in your life. Adoption lasts for one year and gives you the chance to contribute to the cost of feeding and looking after rare and endangered species.
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For more information, visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk or phone 028 9077 6277.
Summer (21 March to 30 September)
- 10am to 7pm daily
- Last admission is 5pm
- Animal houses close at 6pm
- The Zoovenir Shop closes at 6pm.
Winter (1 October to 21 March)
- 10am to 4pm daily
- Last admission is 2.30pm
- Animal houses close at 3pm
- The Zoovenir Shop closes at 4pm.