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Belfast Zoo

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Antrim Road, Belfast, County Antrim,
Mr Mark Challis
T: (028) 9077 6277
F: (028) 9037 0578

Belfast Zoo is situated on a breathtaking 55 acre hill site with panoramic views over Belfast Lough.

'Winner' of Best Visitor Experience, NITA Awards 2013

Belfast Zoological Gardens is home to more than 140 species of animal, 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 one of the leading visitor attractions in Northern Ireland attracting around 250,000 visitors a year.

Popular attractions include the Asian elephants, giraffes, sea lions, penguins, ring-tailed lemurs, apes, monkeys, Malayan tapirs, Giant anteater, Malayan sun bears, Visayan warty pigs, Barbary lions and Sumatran tigers. Our rainforest exhibit creates an authentic immersive environment that combines tropical plants with unusual animals such as Jasmine, the Linne's two toes Sloth and Rodrigues fruit bats.

The newly developed Adventurers’ Learning Centre offers modern play equipment all while learning more about animals at Belfast Zoo, native species and biodiversity.

Winner, 'Visitor Inspired' category, NI Tourism Awards 2011.
Highly commended, ‘Best Visitor Experience’ category, NI Tourism Awards 2010.