Tour de Apes!

In a bid to raise awareness and fundraise for EAZA’s 2011 Ape campaign Dublin Zoo and 2wheels cycles have teamed up to lead a ‘Charity Cycle for Apes’. Spread over the 1st & 2nd of October, participants will travel 190km from Belfast Zoo to Dublin Zoo using only their hind legs and a two wheeled machine!       Fota wishes to show its support for the Ape Campaign and raise funds for our own contribution to this…

Fota Wildlife Park Calendar Competition

Fota Wildlife Park is running an exciting photography competition open to all visitors to the park, both young and old. So all you photography enthusiasts should get snapping for the chance to have your image used in the 2012 Fota calendar!   Categories: Best Overall Picture This will be the overall best picture taken by a visitor. Open to all ages. Funniest ‘Caught in the Moment' Picture This will be for the funniest…

Fota Wildlife Park’s Head of Education receives a prestigious award from University College Cork

Fota Wildlife Park is pleased to announce that Lynda Mc Sweeney Walsh, Head of Education has been awarded an honorary Masters by University College Cork on Thursday. At a recent meeting of the awards committee at the University, Lynda was selected as a recipient of this honour in association with her contribution to the areas of ecological, zoological and environmental education on a national scale. Speaking about the award Director of Fota…

Our Baby Boom Continues

Staff at Fota Wildlife Park are celebrating yet another baby at their African Savannah following the birth early this morning of a baby zebra called Zippy to mother Fiona and father Barnie. The birth of the zebra follows the arrival of Cónan the giraffe earlier this month and Zedward the giraffe in June. The picture above show the first images of the new baby which were taken by staff at the park early this morning and below is a picture…

Our Penguin becomes a YouTube Star

A video of a lonely penguin at Fota Wildlife Park has become an internet sensation, gaining 77,000 YouTube hits. The clip was taken by blogger Sean McEntee and shows feeding time at the park. The video shows all the penguins scramble towards one our of our wildlife wardens bringing their dinner except for one, which stands alone and looks confused by it all. Speaking about the clip Head of Marketing for the park Stephen Ryan added "we are…

Fota Wildlife Park Announce the Birth of Conan the Giraffe

Fota Wildlife Park have just unveiled their latest arrival, Cónan not the barbarian but a 5ft tall male giraffe calf that was born on August 5th at Cork's number one visitor attraction. The not so little giraffe that was born on August 5th to mother Roisin and father Tadgh, has been introduced to the rest of the herd in the large African Savannah area at the park this week. This is the second giraffe birth this year and head warden Willie…

Winners from the marketing Survey 2011

Getting feedback like this from our visitors makes it possible for us to ensure we can provise a top quality service to our visitors. Thanks again to everyone who took part and here is a list of the winners Overall Winner of the conservation membership: Marion Conway Winner of the Park Membership: Tony O'Dea Winners of the family passes (2+2) Peter Skully Dan O'Connor Laura Fagan Vanessa Maunelat Jennifer Dalton Well done…

Take a Wild Trip by Rail to Fota Wildlife Park to Celebrate Tree Week August 6th - 12th

Today FM will be broadcasting live from Fota Wildlife Park this coming Saturday 6th to launch their annual Tree Week and as an incentive to go green the park is offering discounts to everyone who takes the train. Tree week is a special week to celebrate the wonderful array of trees that are in the Fota Wildlife Park. They will have special talks, nature trails and tree hunts from Saturday 6th until Friday 12th.   To launch the…

The Park welcomes 5 new Ostrich Chicks

The staff at Fota Wildlife Park are very happy this week as Five Ostrich chicks go on show to the public, the introduction is very significant following the sad termination of our flock in September 2009. The chicks will bring a close to a very sad time for the wardens at the Park following the termination of our flock of 3 Ostrich in September 2009 after one of them was confirmed with Avian TB. Speaking about the good news park director…

Saving the Madagascar Pochard and other Madagascan fauna

Fota Wildlife Park will host a presentation on ‘Saving the Madagascar Pochard and other Madagascan fauna' Monday 25th July at 7.30pm. Richard Lewis, Director of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's Madagascar Programme, will speak about Madagascan fauna and Fota Wildlife Park's collaboration with the Durrell Trust to save one of the world's most critically endangered birds, the Madagascan Pochard. This pochard was believed to be…