After hours at Dublin Zoo

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Myself, Darren, Micheál and a few other selected Internet types got the opportunity to tour Dublin Zoo after hours last week. Led by Ciaran MacMahon, Dublin Zoo’s head keeper, we kicked off the tour by visiting the Asian lions, Suri and Sita. Suri took a particular interest in Darren and he probably would have been on the menu but for the glass separating them. Asian lions are critically endangered with only 400 remaining in the wild and entire population can be found in one place – the Gir Forest in India. From there we wandered over to the sea lion enclosure where the keepers introduced us to Flo. They described how the zoo’s harem are Californian Sea Lions whose main predator is the killer whale. We had been briefed at the start of the tour that the planned trip to see the elephants couldn’t go ahead as mating was in … There’s more

I Heart Tea Crowd – Episode 4 Bosco

***COMPETITION CLOSED. CONGRATS TO GRAINNE*** In episode 4 of I Heart Tea Crowd we meet puppetry’s own Bosco. ***Competition now closed. The winner will be announced in the next episode*** The Tea Crowd Teaser for this month’s tea hamper from Lyons Tea is this: You go in through one hole, you come out through three holes. Once you’re inside, you’re ready to go outside, but once you’re outside, you’re still inside. What is it? (The answer’s in the episode). Throw your answer in the comments and we’ll announce the winner in next month’s episode. Previous episodes of Tea Crowd are available here.

Meet the Sumatran tiger cubs and their keeper at Dublin Zoo

I saw the new tiger cubs at Dublin Zoo today. Here’s a photo of them: This is their first day in public and the second time they’ve been with their father, Kepala. They’re Sumatran Tiger cubs, one male, one female and were born on May 29. There’s actually a lovely story in that – which I’ll let one of the zookeepers tell you later. The male cub weighed in at 1kg at birth with the female a mere .85kg As few as 400 Sumatran Tigers are in survival in the wild, so this addition to the critically endangered species is a testament to the successful breeding programme in place at Dublin Zoo. Here’s an interview with Anita, one of their keepers: The tiger’s mother, Sigra, took very naturally to them apparently, having had cubs who are now part of the global breeding programme. She prowled around the enclosure this morning … There’s more