Babies breed zoo profits in Dublin

The baby boom at Dublin Zoo last year contributed to increased profits arising from the record number of visitors paying to see the new animals.

Babies breed zoo profits in Dublin

According to the annual report from the Zoological Society of Ireland — which operates both Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park —profits last year jumped by €544,000 to €2.8m.

Last year, numbers attending Dublin Zoo topped 1.076m with Fota also enjoying record numbers of 438,114 and the jump in visitors resulted in revenues at the Zoological Society of Ireland increasing by 7.6% from €16.1m to €17.3m.

A spokeswoman for Dublin Zoo

said: “Over the course of 2014 Dublin Zoo welcomed over 30 new arrivals including two red panda cubs, two Rothschild giraffe calves, and numerous meerkat pups. The birth of two endangered Asian lion cubs Kuno and Kyna was hugely significant for the zoo.”

She said “the undoubted highlight for the year” was the birth of three Asian elephant calves within an eight-week period.

Visitor numbers to the zoo increased by almost 9% year on year while income increased by 7% on 2013 with costs rising by only 5%.

Last year, the zoo reached the 1m visitor mark for the fourth consecutive year.

In June, the zoo opened Sea Lion Cove, a new saltwater habitat for California sea lions.

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