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Visit the Belfast Zoological Gardens

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Belfast Zoological Gardens is located in North Belfast on the slopes of Cave Hill and and is home to more than 1,000 animals and 150 species, 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 a leading and award-winning visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, with more than 300,000 visitors each year.

Popular attractions include the Asian elephants, Rothschild's giraffes, California sea lions, penguins, apes, Malayan tapirs, giant anteater, Malayan sun bears, Visayan warty pigs, Goodfellow's tree kangaroo, red-backed bearded sakis, crowned sifaka and Sumatran tigers.

Onsite Facilities

  • Treetop Tearoom
  • Percy's Picnic Pitstop
  • Zoovenir Shop
  • children's playground
  • designated picnic areas

The zoo also runs a regular programme of special events through the year.