Sunday, 23 August 2015

Day Out at the Zoo | Perks of Being a Big Sister

There are many perks to being a big sister. One of which is that you can treat your little sisters. Another one, is that you may be mistaken as your little sister's 'Mam'. But more on that another time. 

Earlier this month I took the little one on a day out to Dublin Zoo. I hadn't been in at least 7 years, and in that time, Dublin Zoo has radically changed. The African Plains now bring the giraffes as close to you as Fota Wildlife Park does. The gorillas have their own island. The sea lions can be seen from underwater. 
The changes are positive; increasing the animal's spaces and recreating their natural habitats as much as possible.

And some things never change - the meerkats, tapirs, and orangutan's were exactly where I remembered them, and my favourite silverback gorilla was still roaming around.  

As historians, we were both really interested in the History of Dublin Zoo signs that were scattered around the site. They brought some context to the evolution of zoos in the 1800s, and displayed just how much animal welfare has changed in the last 50 years. (See, chimpanzee tea parties, elephant rides for kids, and a bear pit).

4 hours of our Saturday were spent eating ice cream, finding our favourite animals, watching the chimps feeding, and deciding what to purchase from the gift shop.

Here's our photo album:





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My favourites? The Rhinos, Orangutans, and my Silverback Gorilla. Pretty much the same favourites from when I first visited 20 years ago.

20 comments:

  1. Dublin Zoo is my favourite place to go with or without kids. They have done so much over the years and like you said it's definitely all positive. Love your pictures and it looks like you both had a wonderful day xx

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    1. Thanks Danielle! I can't wait to go back already, it was fantastic :) x

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  2. Aw fab pics, looks like you guys had a great day and there really is nothing better than being an older sister xx www.jesskadenise.com

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    1. It is a pretty great job being a big sister alright :P Thanks Jess. x

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  3. This looks like a very fun day out :) I need to visit Edinburgh Zoo again now that we have the pandas.
    Love Hayley,
    Water Painted Dreams

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    1. Thanks Hayley! I've never been to Edinburgh Zoo (despite it being my favourite city) but I really should go back and see the pandas too :)

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  4. Oh i love the zoo. So many ooohs and aaaahs to be bad! (And ice cream, as you rightly said!) X

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  5. Dublin Zoo looks amazing! Need to go there next time we are up in Scotland. :D Nice pictures!

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  6. I didn't know Dublin had a zoo (although I suppose I should have guessed it would), but I haven't visited since I had children. Must put that right soon.

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    1. Oh you definitely should! I took my little sister as an excuse for my visit, but I probably enjoyed it just as much as she did :)

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  7. Dublin Zoo looks amazing, the last time I went to the Zoo was Edinburgh Zoo a couple of years ago - it was fantastic but we missed out on seeing the Pandas as they thought the female was pregant, sadly she wasn't.

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    1. aah those pandas and their fertility was always in the news wasn't it? I definitely embraced my inner child with this trip, but no regrets!

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  8. Looks like a great place - we love zoos asking as the animals are well cared for. Great photos! Kaz x

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  9. Awww this looks like a fabulous zoo! We're off to the zoo on Thursday as it's my daughters third birthday. Ours is fab too, I hate zoos with tiny spaces. Seems so cruel.

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  10. Ahhhh it looks like a lush zoo, we'er off to the zoo this week to celebrate my daughters third birthday and I cannot wait!

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  11. What lovely pictures and what a fantastic sister.
    I've friends with very big age gaps between their kids and they say it definitely had perks for babysitting and days out etc

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  12. What lovely pictures and what a fantastic sister.
    I've friends with very big age gaps between their kids and they say it definitely had perks for babysitting and days out etc

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    1. It is a really nice thing because we can spoil her :) But at the same time, none of us can really play with her and we all live from home now and she's only 11. There are upsides and downsides for sure!

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