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Sea Lions, Flamingos And Salt Pools, Oh My! Check Out Dublin Zoo's Amazing New 'Pacific Zone'

By grahamkinsella

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am

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Did you know unlike seals, sea lions can walk on land? I do.

That's what going to the zoo about 50 times a year does to a person – and no, I'm not even exaggerating. As family pass holders we regularly visit, for the simple reason that it's a whole lot more interesting for three-year-olds than just going for a walk.

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For those of you who aren't zoo fans, you probably won't know that Dublin boasts one of the best medium-sized zoos in the world. Its success in breeding animals over recent years is testament to the enclosures they've created for the animals and how well they're treated.

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For the past couple of months the Pacific Coast Area of Dublin Zoo has undergone a significant redevelopment, including a new Flamingo Aviary and Sea Lion Cove. The latest installation – a state of the art salt pool – just opened up this weekend, and it's absolutely extraordinary. The sea lions were sent off to the UK for the winter months while the builders moved in – and as a big fan of their, I was delighted to discover they had returned over the weekend!

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This new enclosure has a viewing deck, a underwater viewing area as well as a new cafe and picnic area. If you haven't been to the zoo in a while, now's the time to make a return – just look how happy the sea lions are!

Land Side At Sea Lion Pool

Underwater View at Sea Lion Pool

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