Animals Blog

Looking Sharp For Spring at Fota Wildlife Park

February 2nd is Hedgehog Day Within the coming weeks, one of Ireland’s most distinctive mammals, the hedgehog, will awaken from its winter slumber. The hedgehog was named because of its peculiar foraging methods while rummaging in the undergrowth, it emits pig-like grunts—thus, the name hedgehog! The hedgehog's main line of defence is the possession of spikes which cover all of the upper body with the exception the face, chest, belly,…

Advent Animals at Fota Wildlife Park

We’ve skipped the traditional Advent Calendar this year to bring you some events in the wildlife park this December. To coincide with these events this advent we will be running weekly promotions on our facebook page for the chance to win your choice of either a family day pass  (for 2 Adults and 2 Children) or a couples day pass (for 2 Adults) to visit the wildlife park for these events.  Visit our facebook page to find out…

Baby Red Panda Named Meeko

Fota Wildlife Park have ended the search for a name for their baby red panda who has been named Meeko . Meeko was chosen by lead warden Kelly Lambe and fellow wardens from a shortlist taken from over 600 suggestions via the parks website. Some of the most popular names suggested were Dearg and Rua, in reference to the animal’s distinctive red fur. Speaking about the cub’s arrival at the park Lead Warden Kelly Lambe said “The birth of…

First Glimpse of Red Panda Baby at Fota Wildlife Park

A new red panda baby born at Fota Wildlife Park, Co. Cork has finally emerged from its nesting box, and the Park are calling on members of the public to name the cub. The baby, who is male, was born in late June after a gestation period of about 19 weeks (135 days) to mom Bonnie, aged five, and dad Pete, aged seven. This is Bonnie’s fifth cub and they are both doing well. Speaking about the cub’s arrival at the park Lead Warden Kelly…

Baby Agile Gibbon at Fota Wildlife Park is Named

After a three week search and considering hundreds of suggestions, Fota Wildlife Park is delighted to announce the name of its new Agile Gibbon; Toba. The newly named baby gets their name after Lake Toba which is located in the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. One of the areas the Agile Gibbon species is found in is southeast of lake on the Island Sumatra. Staff at the park were impressed with the initiative of the entry being a name related to…

Reptile Awareness Day Friday 21st October – Free Talk at 12 noon in the Tropical House

As part of Reptile Awareness Day 21st October we invite you to visit the Tropical House at Fota Wildlife Park and learn more about the reptile species there, some of whom are endangered such as the Elongated Tortoise and Jamaican Boas, during a special talk given by Warden Julien Fonteneau (12 noon Fri 21st Oct, included free with general admission/entrance fee). The Tropical House includes the below species of reptiles: The Elongated…

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…