European Bison born in the Cork Reintroduced to the Wild in Romania

Fota Wildlife Park, working in partnership with the Aspinall foundation and three animal parks in the UK, has successfully translocated six European bison to the wild in Romania as part of a conservation effort to save Europe’s largest land mammal from extinction. On 23rd April 2014 six female captive-bred bison, from Fota Wildlife Park (Cork), Highland Wildlife Park (Inverness-shire) and Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks (Kent)…

Fota Wildlife Park Pick Names for Baby Giraffes

The names were chosen for their meaning by the wardens at the Cork Attraction from the hundreds of suggestions that came from families and schools. “We chose Aideen for the female calf as it means little fire which suits her personality, whilst Fáda was chosen for the male to represent the long neck giraffes have” added Stephen Ryan head of marketing for Fota Wildlife Park. (Picture taken by Facebook fan Nicola O'Dwyer Hickey) The…

Baby Giraffes Need a Name

Fota Wildlife Park have just unveiled their latest arrivals, a yet to be named 5ft tall male & female giraffe calf that were born at Cork’s number one visitor attraction at the end of January. The first born was the female calf on January 25th to mother Bláithín and father Walder, two days later a male calf was born to mother Sapphire and father Tadgh. The two calves will now able to enjoy Mothers Day outside this weekend having…

Irish Frogs Need Your Help

Ireland has only one native frog species, the Common frog, Rana temporaria. It is listed as an internationally important species and is protected under the Habitats  Directive (92/43/EEC) and the Irish Wildlife Act (1976, amended 2000). Frogs play an important role in our lives; they are great pest controllers in our gardens and on farms by eating slugs, worms and flies, otters and herons rely on frogs to supplement their diets. The…

Tropical House Opens at Fota Wildlife Park

Visitors to Fota Wildlife Park during the school midterm are in for a surprise as the East Cork Attraction has added endangered reptiles, eye popping amphibians, fluttering butterflies and exotic fish to its collection as part of their new Tropical House. The Tropical House is a €700,000 development which was part funded by SECAD (South & East Cork Area Development) and has taken just under 12 months to complete. The development is…

Park will Close on Sat 8th Feb

Fota Wildlife Park will not open tomorrow Saturday 8th February due to severe weather which is expected in the Cork area. The management at the park have taken the decision to close the park with the safety of the public and the animals in mind. Already this week the park has experienced bad flooding with many of the islands under water for most of the week. However the major concern now is the danger of fallen trees or branches as a result…

Cork Preschoolers Go Wild in 2014

Cork City and County Childcare have teamed up with Fota Wildlife Park to launch a new educational pack for preschool children based on the animals at one of Ireland’s most loved attractions. The pack named “A Talk on the Wildside” was launched by Minister for Agriculture & Food Simon Coveney sets out sample activities that can be done with the children before the visit, whilst at the Wildlife Park and after the visit back at…

Park Closed Monday 6th Jan

As a result of the bad weather being caused by Storm Christine, Fota Wildlife Park will remain closed today Monday January 6th 2014. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Fota Wildlife Park Survey 2013

We need your help. As we approach the end of 2013 we are looking to see what people think of the park and if they have any suggestions for the future in our annual survey. As a way of thanking people who fill it out we are giving away a VIP Family Experience and Conservation membership as prizes. Simply fill in the box below.    

Fota Wildlife Park Name Cheetah Cub ROG

Fota Wildlife Park are delighted to announce that our 1st Northern Cheetah Cub born at the park is to be named ROG in honour of the former Irish and Munster Rugby star Ronan O’Gara. The name choice was tough for the park as over 8,000 comments and suggestions poured into them in one week via social media as the public went wild for the new cub. Speaking about the choice head of marketing at the park Stephen Ryan said “the response was…