In September 2021, Make-A-Wish Ireland was delighted when Dublin Zoo opened not only their gates but their arms and hearts to our wish children.

Our animal expert, the spirited Jason (10) from Galway had his wish granted to become a Zookeeper for the day. Jason told our volunteers Aoife and Christina at his virtual wish visit that he loves animals (and sharks) and really wanted to watch, learn and help with feeding the animals. On the day, Jason had lots of excellent questions for every Zookeeper he met along the way, from the elephants all the way around to the lions. The red panda came to say hello and gave Jason a high five through the glass. It was like she knew it was a special visit that day!

Even the tiger gave a warm welcome by shedding one of his whiskers so the zookeeper could give it to Jason while the tiger went off for his feast. Jason’s Mum told us  "Jason had major surgery two days after his wish experience and you could tell he was still on a high from his day at the zoo as he wasn’t a bit nervous going into the hospital like he normally would be." Jason loved telling all the nurses and doctors about his wish to be a Zookeeper.

Our sincere thanks to all of the amazing team at Dublin Zoo for making wishes come true with a very special mention to our very own Make-A-Wish Volunteer & Zookeeper Christina and Jasmine Dublin Zoo Volunteer.

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