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Belfast Zoo will reopen to the public on Sunday 5 July.
A number of safety measures will be in place on site to keep visitors, staff and animals safe, and tickets must be pre-booked in advance via a telephone booking system.

Members of the public are being reminded that their visitor experience will be different than before as most of the indoor animal houses will be closed initially; however this decision will remain under review.

Zoo manager Alyn Cairns said: “While the experience will be a bit different for visitors, we are confident that there will still be plenty for people to see on their outdoor trek of the zoo – including the zoo’s newest residents born during lockdown. Among them is Ronan, an endangered Rothschild’s giraffe calf, a Southern pudu and two Scottish wildcat kittens.”

He added: “Although the zoo has been closed to the public, it has been business as usual for the animal welfare team who have been working round the clock to care for the animals and get ready for the zoo to welcome back visitors in a safe way. We are delighted to be able to open our gates again and would ask the public to please show patience and understanding when booking their tickets, and visiting while these necessary measures are in place.

“I know the animals will also be looking forward to seeing some new faces.”

The zoo café will be offering takeaway service only. Other measures in place include limiting the number of daily visitors, a one-way system and social distancing signage, as well as hand sanitiser stations and protective screens at all public contact points.

To book tickets and secure your slot for visiting, call Belfast Zoo on 028 9077 6277.

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Tel: 028 9027 0221
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