Zoological Society of Ireland

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Zoological Society of Ireland
  • Dublin, Ireland

The Zoological Society of Ireland (ZSI) is the body responsible for running Dublin Zoo, where it is based, and Fota Wildlife Park in County Cork.[1] It is the successor to the Royal Zoological Society of Ireland (RZSI), a learned society for the study of zoology.[2]


The original ZSI was founded in Dublin on 10 May 1830 at a meeting in the Rotunda Hospital called and chaired by the Duke of Leinster, "to form a collection of living animals on the plan to the Zoological Society of London".[3] Dublin Zoo opened in September 1831 in the Phoenix Park.[3] The Society's first general meeting was held in November 1832.[4] In 1838, the Zoo held an open day to mark the coronation of Queen Victoria and the Society was rewarded with the prefix "Royal" in its name.[4]

In October 1993, the members of the RZSI voted to dissolve the society and transfer its assets to a new non-profit limited company called "Zoological Society of Ireland Limited".[5] This was to facilitate government and private funding arrangements for future development.[5] Responsibility for government assistance was transferred at the same time from the Department of Education to the Office of Public Works.[5]


  1. ^ "About Us". FOTA Wildlife Park. Retrieved 17 April 2009. Fota Wildlife Park, a project of the Zoological Society of Ireland
  2. ^ Hume, Abraham; A. I. Evans (1853). The learned societies and printing clubs of the United Kingdom. G. Willis. pp. 200–1.
  3. ^ a b Kilfeather, Siobhán Marie (2005). Dublin: a cultural history. Oxford University Press US. p. 115. ISBN 0-19-518201-4.
  4. ^ a b Kilfeather, p.116
  5. ^ a b c O'Loughlin, Edward (28 October 1993). "Members of Royal Zoological Society of Ireland set up new company". The Irish Times. p. 9. Retrieved 17 April 2009.

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