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Belfast Zoo's Quiet Summer

On Saturday 28 July 2018, Belfast Zoo will go ‘quiet’ once again!

Belfast Zoo’s quiet hours allow visitors with sensory requirements, their family and friends to enter the zoo an hour early at 9am. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet of the zoo for an hour before its normal opening time. Belfast Zoo first introduced Quiet Hours last summer and delivered a positive experience for visitors on the autism spectrum.

Zoo Manager, Alyn Cairns, said “Belfast Zoo is typically very busy over the summer months and we are aware that some visitors with sensory requirements may feel overwhelmed in large crowds. Our Quiet Hours allow families to explore Belfast Zoo in a more relaxed atmosphere with reduced noise and crowds, which can be challenging for visitors. The zoo plays a vital role in educating visitors on conservation issues but it is also a fun day out so we want to ensure that all families feel welcome and comfortable at Belfast Zoo.

Belfast Zoo is a visitor-inspired attraction and we are committed to improving accessibility and inclusivity for all visitors. The introduction of Quiet Hours, our inaugural Sensory Day, and our recently-launched Zoo-mobile significantly contribute to our aim of making the zoo a supportive and enjoyable experience for everyone.”

The zoo has created a downloadable guide for visitors on the autism spectrum and some top tips and resources are also available at www.belfastzoo.co.uk/accessibility.

For more information visit www.belfastzoo.co.uk/events, email events@belfastzoo.co.uk or call the zoo on 028 9077 6277. Normal admission prices apply.

Photo Caption: Zoo manager, Alyn Cairns and Brian the lion can't wait to welcome everyone to 'quiet hour' at Belfast Zoo!

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Last Updated: Monday, 16th July 2018 13:15