Sustainability weekends at Dublin Zoo

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11th June 2018

Baz Ashmawy joins us for a ‘Summer of Sustainability’ at Dublin Zoo

We're teaming up with Dublin Zoo to help families learn more about sustainability with two dedicated weekends this summer

TV presenter Baz Ashmawy joined us to launch a ‘Summer of Sustainability’ yesterday, celebrating our exciting new offer of a year of free family days out at Dublin Zoo when customers switch their electricity and gas.

As the proud Sustainability Partner of Dublin Zoo, we're inviting visitors to join the us for two fun-filled Sustainability Weekends for all the family taking place in Dublin Zoo on June 16 and 17, and on July 21 and 22.  Everyone visiting Dublin Zoo for each of the two-day weekend events will be guided through fun and interactive tasks and activities, including taking part in a mini worm excavation, building your very own ‘Bug Hotel’, and exploring SSE Airtricity’s Eco Explorer Trail. Plus, there will be plenty of exclusive prizes to be won, facepainters for your ‘little tigers’, and much more.

The ‘Summer of Sustainability’ is being launched to celebrate our exciting new offer of a year of free days out for the family at Dublin Zoo. All new customers switching for 100% green electricity and natural gas1 will get a Free Dublin Zoo Annual Family Pass, worth €185. With an Annual Family Pass after they switch, SSE Airtricity customers can bring a family of up to seven2 to Dublin Zoo any time of the year, and as often as they like – plus, with a 10% discount for switching, customers are also saving on their energy costs meaning more treats for everyone during all the zoo visits!

Speaking at the ‘Summer of Sustainability’ launch TV presenter Baz Ashmawy said: “We’re really excited to be exploring Dublin Zoo by taking on the SSE Airtricity Exo-Explorer Trail for the first time as a family today. Myself and the kids have been making a conscious effort to live more sustainably at home and it’s really great to be able to show them how this translates into the wider world and makes a real difference while having a fun, family day out.” 

Visitors to the Sustainability Weekends and throughout the year can become ‘Eco Explorers’ with the help of SSE Airtricity’s interactive Eco-Explorer smartphone app that helps teach big and little zoo visitors alike what they can do to improve their green behaviours while visiting Dublin Zoo, as well as when they return home. 

SSE Airtricity’s Eco Explorer Trail and accompanying app are designed to bring the concept of sustainability to life for visitors to Dublin Zoo. Users of the Eco Explorer app are encouraged to take simple steps to become more environmentally conscious during their visit to the zoo, such as refilling their water bottle, reducing waste, and learning about the dangers of discarded plastic to animals. Little explorers can use to app to navigate the trail and collect virtual badges at each of the nine Sustainability Stations. Plus, by using the app, all explorers are in the running to win exclusive prizes and money-can’t-buy experiences.

To discover SSE Airtricity’s interactive Eco Explorer app for yourself, and to learn more about the SSE Airtricity Eco Explorer Trail at Dublin Zoo, visit

Existing SSE Airtricity customers can also redeem exclusive discounts for Dublin Zoo through its online loyalty rewards platform, Registered SSE Reward members also have the chance to win exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy-experiences’ at Dublin Zoo – such as seeing how the Asian elephants and Amur tigers start their day and learning all about the animals from the dedicated zookeeper team.

A Family Pass ‘Year in the Life’ at Dublin Zoo

Holders of a Dublin Zoo Annual Family Pass will have the opportunity to experience a busy year in the life of the zoo any time they like, and as often as they like. In 2017 Dublin Zoo welcomed more than 40 new arrivals, including the birth of a southern white rhinoceros calf, two Asian elephant calves, an Eastern bongo and no less than three scimitar-horned oryx, a species classified as extinct in the wild! Among the animals born so far in 2018 are two Rothschild giraffes and an Asian elephant calf. Visitors have the chance to meet over 400 animals including Dublin Zoo’s longest inhabitant Betty the chimpanzee, aged 56, and the most recent addition, a yet to be named California sea lion pup who is just 10 days old today. 

1. Free Dublin Zoo Annual Family Pass worth €185 for new customers switching to SSE Airtricity for 10% discount off standard electricity and gas unit rates, based on direct debit and ebill. 
2. Dublin Zoo Annual Family Pass entitles the Pass holder to admission to the zoo for: Pass holder + 3 Adults; Pass holder + 2 Adults + 2 Children; Pass holder + 1 Adult + 4 Children; or Pass holder + 6 Children