Baby Bison Needs a Name

Update: We have now shortlisted 10 names for you to Vote on www.facebook.com/Fotawildlife The arrival of the calf to mother Donna in the early hours of Saturday Morning has come in the same week as the death of the calf’s father Boris who sadly died on Wednesday. Boris a 16 year old who had originally come from Boras Djurpark Zoo in Sweden had been at the park since 1999 and was the dominant male in the group at Fota. Willy Duffy head…

Sonia O’Sullivan Launches 2013 Cheetah Run

#SOLD OUT# The very popular cheetah run described by Chairman of Eagle AC John Quigley as “a race organised by runners for runners” takes place this year on Thursday May 16th at 8pm. The unique race gives people the rare chance to run past Cheetahs, European Bison, Penguins and Lemurs amongst other animals on the evening. Former World Champion and Olympic Silver medallist Sonia O’Sullivan got a taste of the race last week when she…

National Green Awards 2013

We are pleased to announce that Fota Wildlife Park has been shortlisted for the National Green Awards under the Tourism and Leisure Sector. Fota is one of eight companies shortlisted in this category and the winner is to be announced on the 18th of April in Dublin. Now entering its fifth year, the Green Awards aim to celebrate excellence in sustainability and to encourage green best practice amongst Ireland's organisations and individuals.…

Work starts on new indoor facility

Cork Company MMD Construction has begun work on a new Animal Care and Conservation Centre at Fota Wildlife Park that is supported by a significant investment by South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD).  The new facility, which will house native and globally endangered species, will cost over €600,000 to develop onsite at Fota Wildlife Park, and a grant support of €200,000 is being provided by SECAD. Sean McKeown, Director…

CSI Larry: WIN a Family Holiday to Florida

Larry the Lemur has been kidnapped and we need you to find him: Fota Wildlife Park, Cork's Red FM and TourAmerica.ie want to send you and your family on a holiday to Florida!!! How to win: Put your best detective hat on! Larry the Lemur from Fota Wildlife Park has been kidnapped and we need you to find him. From Monday 25th March, tune in to RedFM every day  to hear clues to Larry's whereabouts. Find the mini larry the lemur…

Easter Weekend

On Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday Fota Wildlife Park will be hosting an array of fun events including - Trail with prizes - Drumming workshops (Sat - Mon) - Kids arts and crafts daily 11am-2pm - Kids face painting daily 3-5pm Debbie Thomas will also launch her new children's book Jungle Tangle on in the Education Complex.There will be a 'Chocolate Shrunken Head Hunt' with some prizes for the lucky winners Jungle Tangle…

Secad provide support for Animal Care & Conservation Centre

The construction of a new Animal Care and Conservation Centre at Fota Wildlife Park will be supported by significant investment by South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD).  The investment in one of Ireland’s most popular attractions was welcomed by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, who was on hand to turn the first sod on the development site. The new facility, which will house native and globally…

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…