DUBLIN Zoo has announced some major changes to its winter opening times – just weeks before the popular Wild Lights opens.
Due to the darker evenings, the popular attraction closes earlier.
Dublin Zoo updated its followers on Facebook about the latest changes to its timetable.
They said: “Dublin Zoo has new opening hours.”
The park is now open to the public Monday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m.
However, the zoo now closes every evening at 4:00 p.m. instead of the usual 6:00 p.m.
And if you go to the zoo in winter, you should keep in mind that the last entry into the park is now from 3:00 p.m.
So anyone planning to go to the family park after 3 p.m. will not be allowed entry.
The schedule has also changed for the “African Level” area of the zoo.
The popular area of the zoo, home to animals such as lions, tigers and elephants, will now be closed from 3.30pm.
However, families attending Dublin Zoo’s annual Wild Lights show need not worry as the new schedule will have no impact on the lights show.
Regardless of the zoo schedule, admission to Wild Lights begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m.
Last admission to the lights is generally from 8:00 p.m.
The incredible wild life feature returns to Dublin Zoo from November 16th and runs until January 2024.
The theme of this year’s lights is “The Magic of Life.”
In a recent statement, Dublin Zoo said the theme was chosen to highlight “the importance of biodiversity” using its colorful lantern display case.
The popular exhibit allows guests to travel through the zoo to admire “stunning lanterns that showcase some of our planet’s most fascinating plant and animal communities and ecosystems.”
Visitors travel along a one-way path past illuminated forest landscapes before encountering wondrous pollinators, including giant bees and beehives.
They will then witness some of nature’s most fascinating transformations, including the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly and the clever collaboration of a colony of ants and some of our world’s smallest creatures, enlarged to gigantic proportions.
To ensure that Wild Lights can operate this coming winter without impacting the national energy supply, this year’s Wild Lights event will be off-grid and powered by hydrogen-treated vegetable oil made from 100 percent renewable resources.
About Wild Lights, Dr. Christoph Schwitzer, Director of Dublin Zoo: “The Dublin Zoo team is delighted to announce that Wild Lights will celebrate the magic of life this year.”
“The award-winning event will highlight the importance of the world’s plant and animal kingdoms, something that is at the heart of everything we do.
“We look forward to welcoming all visitors this winter to enjoy the magical journey with us, and we hope this year’s theme will inspire a passion for nature and a spirit of service.”