It was approximately 20 years since we were here and lots have changed. In fact the guy in the ticket booth stated it covered entirely different ground with a different entrance.
It was good to see how much more space the animals had and also how well it mimicked their native lands. A lot of signs pointed out how they were actually part of breeding programmes to prevent extinction of many of the animals seen
The area the animals had also included opportunity for them to take themselves off out of the public eye which maybe disappointing for the visitor but ideal for a normal life for the animal
The restaurants were not all open and what was available was very poor, mostly junk food. However just at the entrance of Phoenix park was Phoenix park tea rooms. This was a small hexagonal wooden building, very quaint, with seating inside and outdoors. The food was home made and the soups and cakes amazing also considering those with dietary requirements such as dairy and gluten free. I would go back just to eat there.