The Irish Film Archive has announced the deposit of The Dublin Zoo Film Collection. Dublin Zoo, a landmark attraction for generations of Irish families, was captured on by film Dr Terry Murphy, former director of the Zoo, through the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The collection numbers almost 70 cans of film and includes chimps’ tea parties, baby sea lions, the birth of a giraffe, tiger cubs and trips to Africa. The collection also includes Universal Irish newsreel footage showing popular singer and actress Petula Clarke visiting the zoo in December 1952 on the occasion of the arrival of ‘Happy’ the lion club.
Kasandra O’Connell, Head of the Irish Film Archive, accepted the deposit from Leo Oosterweghel, the present director of the Zoo. The collection will be meticulously catalogued by Archive staff and preserved in climate-controlled vaults to be enjoyed by current and future generations.