Minister Opens Tropical House at Fota Wildlife Park

The Tropical House is a €700,000 development which was part funded by SECAD (South & East Cork Area Development) and has been open to the public since the middle of February. The development is home to endangered reptiles, eye popping amphibians, fluttering butterflies, exotic fish and a state of the art veterinary facility which will allow for injured or sick animals to be treated at Fota Wildlife Park. Minister Varadkar was joined…

Take the Train or Car to Fota Wildlife Park for Irish Open Weekend

The sun beamed down on Fota Island Railway Station today as Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail has everything in place to welcome thousands of visitors to Cork and to Fota Island - from Thursday, 19th June until Sunday, 22nd June when the 2014 Irish Open scheduled to take place at Fota Island Resort in Cork Harbour. Fota Island, which is beautifully situated in the middle of Cork Harbour, has its own Railway Station - just thirteen minutes by…

New Tiger Area at Fota Wildlife Park Opens

Over 14,000 people visited Fota Wildlife Park during the June Bank Holiday weekend as the east Cork attraction opened its new Tiger Forest area, the first part of its 27 acre Asian Sanctuary. The crowds who flocked from all over Ireland and also included some international visitors were delighted to see a Sumatran Tiger for the first time in Cork. “Saturday was the busiest day here at the park in over 7 years with 5,500 people coming for…

Tiger is Coming to Fota

Although Tiger Woods will not be playing in the Irish Open this coming June the leading golfers will still feel the threat of a tiger nearby as they approach the 4th hole. The new Tiger Forest which opens to the public on Saturday is the closest area at Fota Wildlife Park to the Fota Island golf course which is expected to attract over 100,000 people for one of Europe’s biggest golf events between 19th & 22nd of June. The Tiger…

6th Annual Cheetah Run a great success

The 6th Annual Cheetah Run 4 mile road race took place last night and it was a great success. Having been sold out in under an hour 2 weeks ago the atmosphere was fantastic last night with 789 of the 900 registered completing the race.A big thanks to the organisers Eagle AC for once again organising a great race and also to sponsors Laya Healthcare, John Buckley Sports, Brooks Running and Deep Riverrock. Congratulations to Colm Sheahan…

COMING SOON

At this stage you may have heard the radio advert, seen a billboard, read Fota News or saw our posts or tweets. The Good News is that The Asian Sanctuary is coming very soon to Fota Wildlife Park. The Bad News is we are not going to tell you when just yet but take a look at our advert below and if you see a billboard take a picture with it and post it to our facebook page as you may win an annual membership

European Bison born in the Cork Reintroduced to the Wild in Romania

Fota Wildlife Park, working in partnership with the Aspinall foundation and three animal parks in the UK, has successfully translocated six European bison to the wild in Romania as part of a conservation effort to save Europe’s largest land mammal from extinction. On 23rd April 2014 six female captive-bred bison, from Fota Wildlife Park (Cork), Highland Wildlife Park (Inverness-shire) and Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks (Kent)…

Fota Wildlife Park Pick Names for Baby Giraffes

The names were chosen for their meaning by the wardens at the Cork Attraction from the hundreds of suggestions that came from families and schools. “We chose Aideen for the female calf as it means little fire which suits her personality, whilst Fáda was chosen for the male to represent the long neck giraffes have” added Stephen Ryan head of marketing for Fota Wildlife Park. (Picture taken by Facebook fan Nicola O'Dwyer Hickey) The…

Baby Giraffes Need a Name

Fota Wildlife Park have just unveiled their latest arrivals, a yet to be named 5ft tall male & female giraffe calf that were born at Cork’s number one visitor attraction at the end of January. The first born was the female calf on January 25th to mother Bláithín and father Walder, two days later a male calf was born to mother Sapphire and father Tadgh. The two calves will now able to enjoy Mothers Day outside this weekend having…

Irish Frogs Need Your Help

Ireland has only one native frog species, the Common frog, Rana temporaria. It is listed as an internationally important species and is protected under the Habitats  Directive (92/43/EEC) and the Irish Wildlife Act (1976, amended 2000). Frogs play an important role in our lives; they are great pest controllers in our gardens and on farms by eating slugs, worms and flies, otters and herons rely on frogs to supplement their diets. The…