A new computer. will help Dublin Zoo keep accurate records for the animals it houses.

The computer will enable Dublin Zoo to collate information that will help protect endangered species of many wild animals.

The lemurs showed their delight at the arrival of the new computer which will build up basic biological data on every animal in the complex.

The information held on the computer will mainly deal with breeding and mortality rates and will be shared with other zoos around the world.

Director of Dublin Zoo Peter Wilson explains that with the captive breeding of animals, the zoo is obliged to keep very accurate records to ensure that the genetic potential of each animal is maximised. Thanks to a generous donation of a computer, the zoo is now able to embrace new technologies to allow it to carry out its work. Despite recent difficulties, Peter Wilson is confident that Dublin Zoo has a great future.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 October 1990. The reporter is Kevin McDonald.