Royal Zoological Society of Ireland

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Royal Zoological Society of Ireland

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        The Zoological Society of Ireland is the body responsible for running Dublin Zoo, where it is based, and Fota Wildlife Park in County Cork. it is the successor to the Royal Zoological Society of Ireland, a learned society of the study of zoology. The original ZSI was founded in Dublin on 10th 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'. Dublin Zoo opened in September 1831 in the Phoenix Park. The Society's first general meeting was held in November 1832. In 1838, the Zoo held an open day to mark the coronation of Queen Victoria and the Society of rewarded with the prefix 'Royal' in its name


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