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Agile Gibbon

Agile Gibbon

One of the smaller apes of its kind, the Agile Gibbon varies in colour between black and reddish-brown. The…
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Alder

Alder

A tree with powerful folklore connections, the Common Alder was considered to be a sacred tree in ancient…
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Ash

Ash

Ash is one of the largest and most common deciduous trees in Ireland, and probably the most common farmland…
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Asiatic Lions

Asiatic Lions

The Asian Lion is a subspecies of the lion which survives today only in India and therefore it is also known…
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Beech

Beech

If the Oak tree is the King of the Woods, then the Beech is its Mother. According to ancient folklore, the…
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Bennett’s Wallaby

Bennett’s Wallaby

Sometimes called the Red-necked Wallaby, the species has a mainly grey coat with reddish shoulders and a…
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Black & White Colobus

Black & White Colobus

A distinctive-looking monkey with its long black and white fur, the name ‘Colobus’ derives from…
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Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Like its relative the Red Ruffed Lemur, the Black & White Ruffed Lemur is named for the long thick fur…
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Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Tanned and light brown in appearance, the Black-tailed Prairie Dog is a rodent that can stretch out to over…
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Brazilian Tapir

Brazilian Tapir

A relative of the primate horse and Rhinoceros, the Brazilian or Lowland Tapir is one of four species of…
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Capybara

Capybara

The largest rodent in the world, the Capybara stands about two feet tall and is a heavy, barrel-shaped…
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Cheetah

Cheetah

Not only is the Cheetah the fastest land animal in the world today, the species has been in existence for…
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Chilean Flamingo

Chilean Flamingo

A wondrous sight, the Chilean Flamingo’s unique pink colouring makes it one of the world’s most…
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Colombian Black Spider Monkey

Colombian Black Spider Monkey

Much as its name suggests, the Colombian Black Spider Monkey is a black-coloured primate that uses its long…
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Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Identifiable by its light grey or brownish-grey coat, the male Eastern Grey Kangaroo can measure up three…
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Elder

Elder

Native to most of Europe, the Elder is considered to be the ‘Protective Tree’ of the woods and was used…
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Emu

Emu

The second-largest living bird in the world (by height), the Emu is the only member of the genus Dromaius…
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Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Native to Australia, the mild climate of Fota Island has proved to be an ideal home for the Eucalyptus…
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European Bison

European Bison

The European Bison, also called the Wisent, is Europe’s largest native mammal. Large bulls can reach…
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Goat Eared Willow

Goat Eared Willow

More than a dozen species of Willow are found growing in the wild in Ireland, though not all are native to…
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Grant’s Zebra

Grant’s Zebra

As unique as a human fingerprint, the black and white pattern that covers the body, head and limbs of the…
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Great White Pelican

Great White Pelican

One of the largest flying birds in world, the Great White Pelican is a striking-looking animal. Generally…
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Grey-cheeked Mangabey

Grey-cheeked Mangabey

The Grey-cheeked Mangabey is a tree-dwelling monkey with long limbs, a ruffled tail that is longer than its…
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Harbour Seal

Harbour Seal

Once considered by the Irish to be a human being under a spell, the Harbour Seal’s short, sleek body…
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Hawthorn

Hawthorn

Native to North Africa as well as Western Asia and most of Europe, the Hawthorn or Whitethorn is steeped in…
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Hazel

Hazel

Another native species, Hazel’s role in Irish history goes back quite some distance – beginning as a…
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Holly

Holly

Scattered around the Park, Holly is one of two native broadleaf trees that retains its leaves throughout the…
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Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut

A tree that Irish people are very familiar with, the Horse Chestnut is not actually a native species.…
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Howler Monkey

Howler Monkey

One of the loudest animals in the world, male and female Howler Monkeys can be easily distinguished from…
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Humboldt Penguin

Humboldt Penguin

Clumsy on land but effortless swimmers in water, the Humboldt Penguin is one of the Park’s most…
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Indian Peafowl

Indian Peafowl

The Indian Peafowl is one of the animals to best combine elegance with a lifestyle in the wild. Males,…
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Indian Rhino

Indian Rhino

Possessing body like armor, the skin of the Indian rhinoceros is a highly distinctive characteristic. Its…
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Kafue Lechwe

Kafue Lechwe

A magnificent-looking and fleet-footed antelope, the Lechwe stands up to 100cm tall and weighs between 70…
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Lar Gibbon

Lar Gibbon

If you’re looking to see a monkey swinging from branch to branch, then you need to spend some time…
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Lime

Lime

The Small-leaved Lime or Small-leaved Linden is a tree species native to much of Europe and Asia, within a…
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Lion-tailed Macaque

Lion-tailed Macaque

Have a quick glance at any of our Lion-tailed Macaque troop and you will understand where their name comes…
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Macaw

Macaw

Fota Wildlife Park is home to the Scarlet, Green winged and Blue & Gold Macaws. The bird varies in…
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Mara

Mara

Often compared to a large hare or rabbit when spotted in the Park, the Mara is actually the fourth largest…
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Meerkat

Meerkat

A favourite of visitors young and old, the Meerkat is a smaller member of the Mongoose family. Measuring up…
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Ostrich

Ostrich

Power, grace, strength and speed - just some of the words that can be associated with the world’s…
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Red Panda

Red Panda

Fota Wildlife Park’s connection with the Red Panda made headlines in 2010 when a baby panda - later named…
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Red Ruffed Lemur

Red Ruffed Lemur

Named for the long thick fur that grows around its head and body, the Red Ruffed Lemur is an agile primate…
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Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

A red-haired member of the rodent family, the Red Squirrel is an arboreal creature with a distinctive bushy…
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Ring-tailed Lemur

Ring-tailed Lemur

Made famous by Dreamwork’s Madagascar films and the series’ lovable King Julien character, the…
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Rothschild Giraffe

Rothschild Giraffe

Fota Wildlife Park is home to a herd of Rothschild Giraffe, one of the nine subspecies found in Africa.…
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Scimitar-horned Oryx

Scimitar-horned Oryx

Named for its magnificent scimitar-shaped horns that measure up to a metre in length, this desert antelope…
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Scots Pine

Scots Pine

An evergreen coniferous species, the Scots Pine is found across Europe and Asia from Scotland and Ireland in…
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Sessile Oak

Sessile Oak

Reaching heights of up to 40 metres, Sessile Oak (or Common Oak) is the most frequently found species of Oak…
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Siamang Gibbon

Siamang Gibbon

With a Latin name that means ‘Dweller in the trees’, the Siamang Gibbon is a tailless,…
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Silver Birch

Silver Birch

Birch was one of the first trees to flourish in Ireland after the last Ice Age, and two species of the plant…
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Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran Tiger

The Sumatran tiger is a tiger subspecies that inhabits the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It was classified…
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Swamp Cypress

Swamp Cypress

A conifer that is commonly found across the wetlands of the south eastern US, the Swamp Cypress is well…
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White-faced Saki

White-faced Saki

Known as ‘flying monkey’ to residents of its native habitat, the White-faced Saki, Guianan Saki…
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White-tailed Sea Eagle

White-tailed Sea Eagle

The fourth largest bird of prey in the world - and Europe’s largest - is the White-tailed Sea Eagle. A…
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Yew

Yew

Found at a number of locations around the Park, Yew has important medicinal uses for mankind. Most parts…
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Donate online and help make the Asian Sanctuary at Fota Wildlife Park a reality!

Please support our Asian Sanctuary Fund by Donating online

The impetus for the development of the Asia Sanctuary is to enhance the Wildlife Park to become an iconic international visitor attraction.

The concept of the development will be in line with the existing unique open nature of the Wildlife Park but will be designed to give this new development an authentic Asian ambiance.

Phase 1: Asian Forestry June 2014

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1,500,156

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Phase 2: Asian Wetlands June 2015

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200

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Phase 3: Asian Plains June 2016

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200

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