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Belfast Zoo began life as an "end of the line" incentive for visitors to travel on the Belfast City Tramway. It has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1934, and is now home to many rare breeds.
Northern Ireland's only zoo underwent a huge redevelopment in the 1990s and nowadays priority is given to near-extinct species; there have been several success stories thanks to its dedication to working with established captive breeding programmes. Visitors can see red river hogs, white-crested turaco birds and Rothschild giraffes in the Africa zone, Jack, a white tiger with clear blue eyes, in the Asia zone and the Andean bears and spider monkeys in the South America zone.
Set in a vast and tranquil open park overlooking the lough, the zoo offers an ideal day out for all the family and an exciting opportunity for everyone to find out about some of the world's most beautiful, interesting and endangered animals.
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