Animals Blog

New Baby Agile Gibbon at Fota Wildlife Park - Suggest a Name

  The latest arrival at Fota Wildlife Park, a tiny baby Agile Gibbon, was today introduced to the public. Proud mother, Chloe gave birth to her baby after a gestation period of seven months. Agile Gibbons live in monogamous pairs and the new baby’s mom Chloe and dad Conor have two older offspring.     Teresa Power, Lead Warden of the Primate Section today said “We are delighted with the new arrival and happy to…

Fota Wildlife Park Name Baby Tapir

The name Sophia was chosen by lead warden Aidan Rafferty and fellow wardens at Fota Wildlife Park, the name was picked from a shortlist of names selected from the hundreds of entries received online. It is a popular girls name in Brazil. Some of the most popular names suggested by the public included Rio and Olympia, with the Olympics being held in Brazil this year. But Sophia was the winner in the end, fitting with parents, Basil and…

New Baby Colombian Spider Monkey Makes Appearance

The baby was born to mum, Batty (b.1990) and dad Arnold, (b.1994) on April 4th. The sex of the newborn is not yet known and therefore has yet to be named. Mother Batty had been keeping her precious new offspring quite close and hidden, but now both have been out and about and are on view to visitors to Fota Wildlife Park. Colombian Spider Monkeys have a prehensile tail, meaning they can grasp or hold objects with it, which is…

Cork has a New King

The new male Asiatic Lion has taken pride of place at Fota Wildlife Park! Shanto who arrived to the Wildlife Park from Spain joins Gita and Gira, the two female lions who arrived in Fota earlier this year, and can be found in the new Lion Habitat in the wildlife park’s Asian Sanctuary. The Asiatic Lions join a number of critically endangered species in the Asian Sanctuary, including the Sumatran tiger, Indian rhino Francois langur and Visayan…

Baby Tapir at Fota Wildlife Park Needs a Name

Fota Wildlife Park is looking for the public to help them name their newest arrival a 3 week old male baby tapir. The tapir is the first calf of parents Maya and Bazil but also the first birth of a Brazilian Tapir at the Cork Wildlife Park since 2006.  Maya who came from Lodz in Poland was joined by Basil from Curragh Wildlife Park in the Isle of Man back in 2012. Speaking about the latest arrival Stephen Ryan Head of…

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…

Tapirs Pair Up at Park in Time for Brazilian Independence Day

A Brazilian Tapir has been introduced to his new partner at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork just in time for Brazilian Independence Day which occurs today 7th September. The Tapir named Bazil recently moved from Curragh Wildlife Park in the Isle of Man to meet up with female Maya who has been residing in the Cork wildlife park since 2010 after arriving from Lodz in Poland. The new arrival is part of a breeding programme organised by EAZA…

First Glimpse of Critically Endangered Lemur at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park has released the first images of their new baby Black and White Ruffed Lemur, the first to be born in the Cork attraction which is critically endangered with fewer than 500 left in the wild. The baby boy which has yet to be named was born 4 weeks ago to mother Pudden and father Podge. It spent the first 3 weeks in a tree nest which the mother started to build a week before the birth.  Black and White Ruffed Lemurs…