Looking Sharp For Spring at Fota Wildlife Park

Looking Sharp For Spring at Fota Wildlife Park February 2nd is Hedgehog Day Within the coming weeks, one of Ireland’s most distinctive mammals, the hedgehog, will awaken from its winter slumber. The hedgehog was named because of its peculiar foraging methods while rummaging in the undergrowth, it emits pig-like grunts—thus, the name hedgehog! The hedgehog's main line of defence is the possession of spikes which cover all of the upper body with the exception the face, chest, belly,…

Competition Time - Celebrate 12 Days of Christmas at Fota Wildlife Park

Competition Time - Celebrate 12 Days of Christmas at Fota Wildlife Park Fota Wildlife Park is running seasonal and wintry themed arts and crafts in the education centre daily from the 27th December to the 8th January 11.00am – 4.00pm. Fota Wildlife Park closes for Christ mas Day and St. Stephen’s Day (25th & 26th December) but you can come to walk off the Christmas pudding with a wintery stroll through the Park on the 27th December. For any of you still deciding on Christmas presents, you can still buy…

Advent Animals at Fota Wildlife Park

Advent Animals at Fota Wildlife Park We’ve skipped the traditional Advent Calendar this year to bring you some events in the wildlife park this December. To coincide with these events this advent we will be running weekly promotions on our facebook page for the chance to win your choice of either a family day pass  (for 2 Adults and 2 Children) or a couples day pass (for 2 Adults) to visit the wildlife park for these events.  Visit our facebook page to find out…

Baby Red Panda Named Meeko

Baby Red Panda Named Meeko Fota Wildlife Park have ended the search for a name for their baby red panda who has been named Meeko . Meeko was chosen by lead warden Kelly Lambe and fellow wardens from a shortlist taken from over 600 suggestions via the parks website. Some of the most popular names suggested were Dearg and Rua, in reference to the animal’s distinctive red fur. Speaking about the cub’s arrival at the park Lead Warden Kelly Lambe said “The birth of…

Fota Wildlife Park awarded Experience Destination of the year by CXi

Fota Wildlife Park awarded Experience Destination of the year by CXi Fota Wildlife Park is delighted to be awarded Experience Destination (one-destination venues) in the CXi Ireland Customer Experience Report 2016. In its report, CXi said that Fota Wildlife Park ‘creates a sense of wonderment for both kids and adults alike. The staff are happy to spend time with families, educating them and giving them a deeper appreciation of the natural world. They also offer excellent seasonal events to keep the offering…

First Glimpse of Red Panda Baby at Fota Wildlife Park

First Glimpse of Red Panda Baby at Fota Wildlife Park A new red panda baby born at Fota Wildlife Park, Co. Cork has finally emerged from its nesting box, and the Park are calling on members of the public to name the cub. The baby, who is male, was born in late June after a gestation period of about 19 weeks (135 days) to mom Bonnie, aged five, and dad Pete, aged seven. This is Bonnie’s fifth cub and they are both doing well. Speaking about the cub’s arrival at the park Lead Warden Kelly…

Baby Agile Gibbon at Fota Wildlife Park is Named

Baby Agile Gibbon at Fota Wildlife Park is Named After a three week search and considering hundreds of suggestions, Fota Wildlife Park is delighted to announce the name of its new Agile Gibbon; Toba. The newly named baby gets their name after Lake Toba which is located in the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. One of the areas the Agile Gibbon species is found in is southeast of lake on the Island Sumatra. Staff at the park were impressed with the initiative of the entry being a name related to…

Reptile Awareness Day Friday 21st October – Free Talk at 12 noon in the Tropical House

Reptile Awareness Day Friday 21st October – Free Talk at 12 noon in the Tropical House As part of Reptile Awareness Day 21st October we invite you to visit the Tropical House at Fota Wildlife Park and learn more about the reptile species there, some of whom are endangered such as the Elongated Tortoise and Jamaican Boas, during a special talk given by Warden Julien Fonteneau (12 noon Fri 21st Oct, included free with general admission/entrance fee). The Tropical House includes the below species of reptiles: The Elongated…

Win family pass for Fota Wildlife park and a luxury family stay in the Lodges at Fota Island Resort

Win family pass for Fota Wildlife park and a luxury family stay in the Lodges at Fota Island Resort To celebrate the return of our annual Halloween Camp we are offering a great prize - answer a simple question below to be in with a chance to win a two-night luxury self-catering stay in the Lodges at the 5 star Fota Island Resort and a trip to Fota Wildlife Park, for 2 adults and 2 children. Fota Wildlife Park's Annual Halloween Kids Camp returns on Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of November. The camps run from 11am - 4pm daily…

New Baby Agile Gibbon at Fota Wildlife Park - Suggest a Name

New Baby Agile Gibbon at Fota Wildlife Park - Suggest a Name   The latest arrival at Fota Wildlife Park, a tiny baby Agile Gibbon, was today introduced to the public. Proud mother, Chloe gave birth to her baby after a gestation period of seven months. Agile Gibbons live in monogamous pairs and the new baby’s mom Chloe and dad Conor have two older offspring.     Teresa Power, Lead Warden of the Primate Section today said “We are delighted with the new arrival and happy to…