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Our new reptile and amphibian house is now open

Date: 13 Apr 2017

Our new reptile and amphibian house is now open.

Visitors can slither over to Belfast Zoo this Easter to visit the newly renovated and extended reptile and amphibian house, which is now home to more than fifteen new species.

The zoo’s reptile and amphibian house has welcomed more than fifteen new species, including critically endangered frogs such as golden mantella, mossy frogs and lemur leaf frog.  Visitors to Belfast Zoo can also see new reptile species including frilled lizard, the venomous Mexican beaded lizard, Jamaican boas and yellow-headed day gecko. 

Belfast Zoo Manager, Alyn Cairns, said “Belfast Zoo is thrilled to open our newly renovated and extended reptile and amphibian house. Reptiles have walked the earth for more than 340 million years, even outliving the dinosaurs, but many reptile species are facing increasing threats in their natural habitat and are being driven to the edge of extinction. Conservation is one of Belfast Zoo’s primary aims, so we sought to develop new exhibits as well as expanding our collection to include more than fifteen new species which have not previously been held at the zoo. Investment in our reptile and amphibian house shows commitment to both the European Associations of Zoos and Aquaria regional collection plans for reptiles and the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria world conservation strategy. Our new reptile and amphibian house not only provides exciting habitats for the species but it also features a ‘reptile nursery’ which will be utilised as the animals breed and the population of the house grows.”

Belfast Zoo Curator, Andrew Hope, explains “Recent visitors to Belfast Zoo will have noticed the closure of our indoors reptile house over the past year. During this time we carried out essential maintenance work and used the opportunity to renovate the habitats, extend the house to four times the original size and to welcome a whole host of exciting new reptile and amphibian species of all shapes, sizes and colours.”

Whether you’re exploring the newly renovated reptile house, shaking hands with Brian the lion, visiting the penguins at feeding time or searching high and low for the hidden Easter egg signs around the Cave Hill site, you are sure to have a ‘ZOOPER’ day out this Easter, at Belfast Zoo.

Our new reptiles and amphibians include:
 
 Animal    Class 
 Beaded lizard   Reptile 
 Frilled lizard  Reptile 
 Golden mantilla   Amphibian 
 Jamaican boa  Reptile
 Lemur leaf frog  Amphibian 
 Madagascar tree boa   Reptile 
 Mangrove snake  Reptile 
 Mossy frog  Amphibian 
 Turquoise dwarf gecko   Reptile 
 Utila iguana   Reptile
 Yellow-headed day gecko   Reptile