Win a conservation membership to Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park are having an online competition to win a Conservation Membership worth €172 and one of four family passes to the park. All you have to do is answer multiple choice questions below and in turn help us decide where we promote the park in 2016. (function(t,e,o,s){var…

Passing of Barry Murphy, Former Chairman

It was with great regret that Fota Wildlife Park learned of the unexpected passing of our former Governor and Chairman, (Barry Murphy second in from the left in an early photograph from the park's archives) Barry Murphy. In 1983 Barry played a key role when he assisted in raising finance for Fota, a project that many felt would never get off the ground. Once the Park was established he continued to play an active role,culminating in his…

Fota Wildlife Park Ranked Amongst Top 25 Zoos in Europe

Fota Wildlife Park has today been named as one of the top 25 zoos/animal parks in Europe as part of global travel reviewing site Tripadvisors Travellers Choice Awards. Fota Wildlife Park has been recognised by Tripadvisor in the past having been awarded the certificate of excellence for the last number of years and is currently ranked as the number 1 thing to do in Cork. Today's announcement from Tripadvisor is great achievement for the…

New Indian Rhino Area to Open

On Friday morning visitors to Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork will get a chance to meet its newest resident Jamil an Indian Rhino as they open the gates to phase two of its Asian Sanctuary development. The male named Jamil arrived from Whipsnade Zoo in the UK at the end of June and will be joined by two additional rhinos in the Autumn. Speaking about the arrival lead warden Aidan Rafferty said “we are all very excited about Jamils…

Fota Summer Camp 2015

Kids, are you interested in nature? Have you ever wondered why a giraffe sleeps standing up or why the cheetah is the fastest land animal? Come to Fota Wildlife Park's Summer Camps and have all of your questions answered!! ... Fota Wildlife Park's Summer Camps promise to provide a unique and unforgettable time for all! Camps are taking place over a two week period during the months of July and August. Fota Wildlife Park's education…

Fota Wildlife Park Announce name of Baby Tapir

Fota Wildlife Park have ended a 13 day search for name for their Brazilian Tapir calf by calling it Thiago. Thiago a Portuguese (Brazilian) name was chosen by lead warden Aidan Rafferty and his fellow wardens from a shortlist of 15 taken from over 400 suggestions via the parks website. Speaking about the name Aidan said "we loved the sound of the name but more importantly its origins are from Brazil and it's nice to take that into…

Baby Tapir at Fota Wildlife Park Needs a Name

Fota Wildlife Park is looking for the public to help them name their newest arrival a 3 week old male baby tapir. The tapir is the first calf of parents Maya and Bazil but also the first birth of a Brazilian Tapir at the Cork Wildlife Park since 2006.  Maya who came from Lodz in Poland was joined by Basil from Curragh Wildlife Park in the Isle of Man back in 2012. Speaking about the latest arrival Stephen Ryan Head of…

Lots of Arrivals and Departures at Cork’s Fota Wildlife Park

Following a record year of 438,000 visitors in 2014, Fota Wildlife Park continues to expand with lots of new animals for the public to see this Easter as phase one of the Asian Sanctuary nears completion. The East Cork attraction recorded a 20% increase in visitors in 2014 following the introduction of a new tropical house and the arrival of Dourga and Denar two Sumatran Tigers as part of phase one of their Asian Sanctuary…

Fota Wildlife Park Hosts “I Wish” event

Fota Wildlife park is providing transition year girls with an opportunity to express their “Wild Side” at their I Wish exhibition this coming Thursday. “I Wish” is a city and regional schools initiative in Cork to inspire Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The wish is to promote greater female participation in STEM, to ensure that Ireland maximises its talent pool and continues to attract high skilled…

Conserving Primates in Vietnam

Fota Wildlife Park is playing a key role in the protection of some of the most Endangered primates in the world in Vietnam through supporting local ethnic minority communities to conduct forest patrols. “Vietnam holds some of the rarest primates on the planet, with 5 of the top 25 most endangered species globally,” reports Dr Ben Rawson of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) Primate Conservation Programme. In recognition of this,…