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…

Halloween Events at Fota 2016

Halloween Events at Fota 2016   Throughout the mid-term, October 29th - November 6th our activities team will be in the small marquee daily. We will have Arts & Crafts from 11 - 2pm and Face Painting from 3 - 5pm every day, except for Monday 31st, for the school break in the Wildlife Park. On Monday 31st the activities team will be face painting 11-5pm to help all the little vampiries, ghouls and werewolves are ready for their trick or treating!!…

Fota Wildlife Park Name Baby Tapir

Fota Wildlife Park Name Baby Tapir The name Sophia was chosen by lead warden Aidan Rafferty and fellow wardens at Fota Wildlife Park, the name was picked from a shortlist of names selected from the hundreds of entries received online. It is a popular girls name in Brazil. Some of the most popular names suggested by the public included Rio and Olympia, with the Olympics being held in Brazil this year. But Sophia was the winner in the end, fitting with parents, Basil and…

New Baby Colombian Spider Monkey Makes Appearance

New Baby Colombian Spider Monkey Makes Appearance The baby was born to mum, Batty (b.1990) and dad Arnold, (b.1994) on April 4th. The sex of the newborn is not yet known and therefore has yet to be named. Mother Batty had been keeping her precious new offspring quite close and hidden, but now both have been out and about and are on view to visitors to Fota Wildlife Park. Colombian Spider Monkeys have a prehensile tail, meaning they can grasp or hold objects with it, which is…

Cork has a New King

Cork has a New King The new male Asiatic Lion has taken pride of place at Fota Wildlife Park! Shanto who arrived to the Wildlife Park from Spain joins Gita and Gira, the two female lions who arrived in Fota earlier this year, and can be found in the new Lion Habitat in the wildlife park’s Asian Sanctuary. The Asiatic Lions join a number of critically endangered species in the Asian Sanctuary, including the Sumatran tiger, Indian rhino Francois langur and Visayan…

New Baby Tapir at Fota Wildlife Park Needs a Name

New Baby Tapir at Fota Wildlife Park Needs a Name The latest birth at Fota Wildlife Park is a female Brazilian Tapir, born in the park last Tuesday the 12th of July in the early evening.  The newborn’s parents Basil (6) and mother Maya (8), along with brother Thiago are all very protective of their new addition to the family. As an odd-toed ungulate the Brazilian Tapir has shared ancestry to a primitive horse and Rhinoceros, the Brazilian Tapir is one of five species of Tapir in…