Red Squirrel Study

The red squirrel is native to Ireland. However, the grey squirrel has only been present since 1911, when it was introduced to County Longford. Since then the grey squirrel has spread rapidly and is now found in 26 of the 32 counties. Contrary to popular belief, the grey squirrel does not directly kill the red but, it has been reported that the breeding success and the recruitment of juvenile red squirrels is reduced in areas occupied by…

Santiago the Pig finally has a name for his new love at Fota Wildlife Park

We put our Facebook fans to the challenge of coming up with a name for our female Visayan Warty Pig. After narrowing down the list to Inday, Samira, Malaya and Maganda they choose the name Samira. Virginia Thomas, who put forward the name Samira, will receive a family day pass for 2 adults and 2 kids to Fota Wildlife Park.  The Visayan warty pig is a critically endangered member of the Suidae family, which is endemic to the Visayan…

First arrivals of 2013

Two of our Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae), were the first animals this year to have new chicks.  The Cape Barren Geese we have in the park have been bred here since the park opened in 1983. This species is monogamous, and pair-bonds are life-long. The female incubates the eggs, and the young are brooded by both parents equally. The Goose lays eggs in a nest in the tussocks of open grasslands. The nest is built by…

Santiago the Pig is looking for a name for his new Love at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park has unveiled their latest couple, a pair of Visayan Warty Pigs, one of which has yet to be named following her arrival from Holland.   Santiago, the male, arrived from a zoo in Sweden at the end of last summer and was joined by his new female friend at the end of October. Speaking about the couple, head of marketing for the park Stephen Ryan said “as the two pigs celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together…

Holiday World Winners

Thousands of people braved bad weather last weekend in Dublin and headed to the RDS for the very popular Holiday show including Minister for State for Sport & Tourism Michael Ring (pictured below with Stephen Ryan, Head of Marketing Fota Wildlife Park). Fota Wildlife Park had a stand in amongst other members of South and East Cork Tourism including Cork Greyhound Stadium, Carrigaline Court Hotel, Cobh Tourism, Cobh Heritage Centre,…

Fota Funded Project in Vietnam

Fota Wildlife Park welcomed Brian Crudge back to Cork today as he gave a presentation to the staff on the work him and his colleagues at Flora and Fauna international are doing in Vietnam. Fota Wildlife Park is collaborating with Flora and Fauna International (FFI) to help save some of the world’s critically endangered primate species in Vietnam. South East Asia is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and its…

We surprised our 30th visitor of 2013 with a gift

Mary Murphy from Youghal Co Cork got a surprise yesterday when she visited Fota Wildlife Park as she receive a conservation membership for being their 30th visitor in their 30th year. Fota Wildlife Park was opened to the public on June 23rd 1983 and they plan to celebrate the milestone with large scale events this summer. Head of Marketing for the park Stephen Ryan said “giving the membership to Mary yesterday is only a little taste of…

Christmas Baby for Fota Wildlife Park

The visitors to Fota Wildlife Park got a big surprise today as we unveiled a giraffe calf named Cuileann, the Irish for Holly as she was born the week before Christmas. The arrival of Cuileann is the third giraffe calf in 5 months at Fota Wildlife Park following the births of Casey in July and Aoibhinn in August. Cuileann was born to mum Roisin and dad Tadgh the oldest giraffes at the park. Cuileann is the tenth calf by mother Roisin who…

Win €500 Shopping Voucher Thanks to Laya Healthcare

Laya Healthcare are big fans of Fota Wildlife Park and proud sponsors of the annual Cheetah Run 4 mile Road Race at the park. This month they are offering offering 50% off kids’ health insurance on their Health Smart and Health Smart Family schemes. To celebrate this they are giving one of our fans a chance to win a €500 shopping voucher before Christmas. To win just answer a few questions in the box below   Create your…

Fota Wildlife Park Awarded with Prestigious Green Flag

Minister Simon Coveney was in Fota Wildlife Park today Friday 9th November to present the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ to the Cork Attraction on behalf of An Taisce. Fota Wildlife Park is the first Zoological Institution in Ireland to be accredited with the prestigious international ‘Green Flag’ award. The accreditation, granted by An Taisce, was for their work on the An Taisce ‘Eco-Centre’ Programme and followed two years of…