Belfast Zoo is encouraging visitors to ‘Love Your Zoo’ this Bank Holiday weekend with a range of family fun activities taking place including craft-making, face-painting, keeper talks and daily feeding times.
Running this weekend (Saturday 26 May-Monday 28 May) and the following one (Saturday 2 June/Sunday 3 June), visitors will get the chance to celebrate their local zoo learning about its conservation efforts for endangered species and habitats.
Love Your Zoo
Love Your Zoo follows the announcement this week of Belfast Zoo obtaining full membership of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
Zoo Manager, Alyn Cairns, said: “We’re thrilled with this news. It is a well-deserved recognition of the zoo’s commitment to a programme of continuous improvement, fulfilling EAZA recommendations. The accreditation is a credit to the considerable investment by Belfast City Council into its infrastructure and facilities. This year, the zoo has welcomed a new tamarin and marmoset home and a renovated ‘Lemur Woods’. An extended island home for the zoo’s spider monkeys will be completed during the summer.”
Alyn continued: “2018 has also seen a number of new arrivals at the zoo including capybara, giant anteater, Rodrigues fruit bats, red titi monkey and Francois langur. Belfast Zoo is home to more than 130 species, many of which are critically endangered in their natural habitat. All zoos have a vital role in protecting species and educating the public on wildlife conservation. We welcome visitors to join Belfast Zoo’s ‘Love Your Zoo’ weekend so that they can celebrate their local zoo and find out more about our conservation efforts.”
Last year, Belfast Zoo opened a renovated and extended Reptile and Amphibian House, which is home to more than 15 species including critically endangered golden mantilla frogs. This was followed by the opening of the Buzz Stop which highlights conservation issues facing native Irish black honey bees. Conservation is one of Belfast Zoo’s primary aims and the zoo is committed to EAZA’s conservation strategy and European breeding programmes.
David Williams-Mitchell from EAZA, said: “EAZA recognizes the improvements made by Belfast Zoo over the past couple of years and is glad to confirm that the zoo is a Full Member of the Association. This means that the zoo will continue to contribute to collaborative work across Europe in the fields of conservation, research and education, and that we have full confidence in the zoo’s care for its animals.”
Belfast Zoo is a member of EAZA, British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the World Association of Zoo and Aquariums (WAZA).
For more information about ‘Love your Zoo’, visit here or call 028 9077 6277.