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We celebrated the opening of Botanic Garden’s Tropical Ravine

Date: 13 Apr 2018

Sasha at the Tropical Ravine

A slippery customer, our very own Sasha the royal python, made a special guest appearance.

On Wednesday 11 April the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, officially opened the Tropical Ravine in Botanic Gardens alongside Sir Peter Luff, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and with the help of Victorian botanist, Ernest Henry Wilson (actor Jason Parks).  

The Tropical Ravine in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens is now open to the public following a £3.8 million refurbishment. The listed building has been restored to its former glory, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, with Belfast City Council investing £1.5 million in the project. A contribution was also made by the Friends of Botanic Gardens.

Zoo Manager, Alyn Cairns, said “The team at Belfast’s Botanic Gardens have been a fantastic support to the zoo, supporting our vital work by donating bamboo for many of the species that we care for including the red pandas and Asian elephants.”

Alyn continues “The impact of mankind has had a detrimental impact on the flora and fauna of the world.  While we care for endangered and even extinct animal species at Belfast Zoo, it is estimated that up to 100,000 plants are currently threatened or face extinction in the wild.  This staggering statistic represents more than one third of all of the world’s plant species. We firmly support the work that is being carried out at Belfast’s Botanic Gardens to educate visitors about the habitats and plant-life of the world. We would like to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt congratulations on the completion of the renovations to the Tropical Ravine, which have been three years in the making.”

For more information on the restoration project, visit