Zoo News!

Hi Guys,

 

It’s been a while since we posted anything on our blog as we’ve been super busy over the last few months, so we decided we’d write a little post to tell you what we’ve been up to!

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There was a sound of wedding bells, accompanied by the sound of laughter as our Animal Collections Manager, Jonny, took part in the Dare to Care fundraising initiative run by Today FM in aid of The Irish Cancer Society!

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Yep, Jonny was a blushing bride here in The National Reptile Zoo as the rest of the team fussed over him on his special day! We had so much fun making his ‘wedding dress’ and watching him carry out his zoo keeper responsibilities in a wedding gown fit for a princess! Who was the designer we hear you ask? Zoo director James did his best Vera Wang impression as he cut, sewed and pinned fabric to create a dress that can only be described as a work of art  😛

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Jonny raised some much needed funds for The Irish Cancer Society and we are all so proud of him! If you’d like to make a donation to The Irish Cancer Society, you can do so here.

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We also had a very familiar face in with us as part of the Dare to Care initiative too, Today FM’s very own Neil Delamere travelled down to our zoo here in Gowran to face his fear of scorpions, but we couldn’t have him travel all the way down here without getting him in to feed the alligators too, he was a little scared but put on a brave face as he conquered his fears with ease (for the most part)!

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It was so wonderful to see so many people across the country take part in such a worthy fundraising initiative, and we were thrilled to play a part in it!

We also spent a day with the super talented photographer, Mike,  from Eirial Photography  to get some new promotional photos for both our Zoo here in Gowran and our Lost World exhibit in Drogheda! We can’t wait to share the photos with you all in the coming weeks!

Here’s a sneak peek of Mike snapping pics of Michael, our Yellow Foot Tortoise inside our new Tropical Walk-Through Dome!

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Last weekend our Zoo To You Team were in Dublin’s RDS to attend the annual Family Pet Expo. We attend the Pet Expo every year and it’s always so great to meet so many of you guys over the course of the two days. This year was so busy we literally didn’t stop! We brought along some of our scaly friends, as well as a couple of critters including a tarantula and a scorpion too!

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We had a great time and hope you all did too!

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Our team had a really nice meal in Kytelers Inn, Kilkenny this month too. The staff were super friendly, the music was great and the food was delicious, big thank you to the team in there!

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Our big news this month is the launch of our 2016 Halloween Spooktacular, which is taking place on Saturday October 29th from 7-9pm!

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Are you brave enough to tour our zoo in the dark, meet our Zombie Zoo Keepers AND taste some creepy critters including crickets, beetles and centipedes? If so, this event is not to be missed!!

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Fun for all the family, there will be prizes for best costumes, an alligator feeding display, animal encounter sessions, ghoulish games and sinister snacks, all in the darkness of night, with only a glow stick as your guide!

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Tickets must be pre-booked as spaces are limited, you can purchase yours here.  €10 pp or €35 per family of four!

 

 

James, our Zoo Director, also attended a conference for croc specialists in the UK last weekend too, so we’ll be writing a full post about that next week and we’ll be telling you all about the conservation message behind our bite-a-bug section of our Halloween Spooktacular, stay tuned!!

 

 

Until next time,

 

The National Reptile Zoo Team :)

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