BIAZA Director is given an OBE in UK

Fota Wildlife Park would like to congratulate Dr Miranda Stevenson Director of BIAZA (British & Irish Association of Zoo's & Aquariums) on her getting an award of an OBE for services to wildlife and conservation in the 2012 UK New Year's honours list. Over the last 25 years zoological gardens and aquariums have undergone a renaissance from primarily being centres of entertainment they have transformed into powerful instruments of…

Fota Wildlife Park Photo Competition Winners Announced

It was a tough decision in the end but we are delighted to announce the winners of the Fota Wildlife Park photography competition 2011. The competition was very intence with nearly 200 photographs submitted thus making it very hard for the management team here at the park to pick the winners of each category but here they are:   Overall Photo 1st Place - Stephen Colleary 2nd Place - Aidan Fleming 3rd Place - Barbor Kotrasova…

Free Santa at Fota this Christmas

We are delighted to announce that Santa Claus will be back at Cork's number one visitor attraction Fota Wildlife Park this Christmas. Santa will be arriving at the Arctic Experience at the park's new education complex on Friday 2nd December with some of his Elves on a very special train. The park is very excited about Santa coming back to the park once again in 2011. The Arctic Experience was designed last year by some of Cork's best…

Our Scary Night Time Tour Is Back for 2011

To celebrate Halloween, Fota Wildlife Park are putting on a very special night time train tour of the park on Oct 29th 30th and 31st. The tour will give you an opportunity to see what happens in the park when it gets dark and there will be one or two suprises along the way to get everyone in the SPOOKY mood. But thats not all this year we are hosting a traditional style halloween party with fun and games. Plus we are looking for Fota…

Fota Wildlife Park is set to help Cork Tourism bring in €146m in 2011

A study by research company Behaviour & Attitudes has found that Fota Wildlife Park is a major asset to Cork Tourism with 46% of all their visitors to the attraction are holidaying in the area and spending €146m during their stay. The survey which was commissioned by Fota Wildlife Park took place over 4 weeks in June and August with the aim of identifying where their visitors were coming from and how many of them were taking a holiday…

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…