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Dublin Zoo was opened in 1831 by the Zoological Society of Ireland. The first animals came from London Zoo. Research and conservation are the basic objectives of the zoo. The zoo is situated in the centre of the city, in Phoenix park and covers 62 acres of land. Opening times are, in November and December from 9.30am to 4pm, in January from 9.30am to 4.30pm, in February from 9.30am to 5pm, in October, 9.30am to 5.30pm, and from March to September, from 9.30am to 6pm. All year around the zoo is open 7 days a week. Admission prices are of 15€ for adults and 10€ for children from 3 to 16 years old. Entrance is free for children under 3 years of age. The zoo allows visitors to meet the zoo keepers who present the animals, their needs and the conservation work necessary for each species. There are 235 species of wild animals and tropical birds to see. The zoo is separated into themed spaces, including the World of Primates, World of cats, the reptile house or the African Plains.
Phoenix Park is located 3 kilometres to the north of Dublin city centre and covers an area of 712 hectares making it the largest urban public park in Europe. Around the circumference of the park there is a wall that measures 16 kilometres in length. Within the park there are large areas of grassland and woodland as well as tree lined avenues. The park has a wild herd of fallow deer that date back to the 17th century. Within Phoenix Park there are many different attractions, including its oldest building Ashtown Castle where a visitor centre is located. There is also a zoo, the Papal Cross and Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the Irish Prime Minister. Phoenix Park is well served by public transport and there are several car-parking areas available. It is kept open at all times and admission is free.