Belfast's big freeze forces zoo closure
Belfast Zoo has been forced to close due to the ongoing weather conditions.
The Cave Hill situated zoo has seen a large amount of snowfall and, for safety reasons, the decision was made to close the site.
Due to the closure, the zoo has been forced to cancel their Wildlife Wonderland event which was to take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Zoo manager Alyn Cairns stated: "We are devastated that the Christmas event will not be able to go ahead. We would like to apologise for any disappointment caused to the families who had booked tickets.
"Despite attempts by our team and external contractors to clear the site, the terrain and temperatures have unfortunately made it possible to open the public for safety reasons.
"Anyone who has booked the event can contact the zoo team on 028 9077 6277 extension 203 to organise a refund."
Alyn continued: "The cold weather suits some of the animals, especially the penguins! The majority of our animals have been born either here or in other Northern European zoos and are somewhat used to the seasonal nature of our weather.
"Those that need it, have access to centrally heated indoor housing and we tend to find even the most delicate species enjoy exploring their new environment, even briefly, before retreating inside to warm up.
"The biggest issue we face is access around the site for delivery of food and other supplies, and ensuring that our keepers can get around safely but our dedicated team take it all in their stride!"
Belfast Zoo has advised if you are planning to visit over the next few days, to call first on 028 9077 6277 for up to date information.
Belfast Telegraph Digital