Founded in 1974, the Trinity Zoological Society (aka DU ZooSoc) is an academic society of Trinity College Dublin set up as a forum of education and discussion for those interested in Zoology. Although generally run by final year students of Zoology, ordinary membership is open to all members of the Trinity College community.
More recently, ZooSoc has broadened it’s aims to include the promotion of college awareness of zoological natural history through regular social events centred on this theme, for example talks, field trips, and table quizzes, not to mention maintaining the prerequisite of social receptions. We also aim to promote and raise funds for zoology-related organisations, for example Dublin Zoo, Fota Wildlife Park, The Irish Museum of Natural History and Operation Wallacea. Past events have ranged from trips to our “local” (O’Neill’s of Pearse Street) all the way to Berlin Zoo, Aquarium and Tierpark and many places in between.
Over the years we have also had the pleasure of many guest speakers including, former director of Dublin Zoo and Trinity’s own Peter Wilson, and most recently, Bairbre O’Malley (Exotic Animal Vet).
The biggest buzz on the street is the Annual ZooSoc Masquerade Ball. Generally taking place in Hilary Term, a wide variety of creatures come crawling out from the woodwork to find a watering hole— wholesome Zoologically-themed fun guaranteed! This year ZooSoc hopes at last to reclaim it’s 1992 award of “Society of the Year” by working extra hard and contributing the bae-jaysus out of college life.
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