Animals Blog

Baby boom continues at Fota Wildlife Park as twin Red Panda cubs announced

Public asked to suggest names for the twin cubs Fota Wildlife Park has unveiled twin Red Panda cubs born to mother Bonnie, aged 6 and father Pete aged 8. The male cubs, born on the 27th June, have only just started to venture out of their nesting box. The Red Panda is an endangered species and as there are less than 2,500 individuals left in the wild the successful arrival of the twin cubs is an important link in Fota Wildlife Park’s…

Suggest a Name for One of Our New Lion Cubs!

Fota Wildlife Park announced last week that one of their Asian lionesses has given birth to her first litter of cubs in what is also a first for Fota Wildlife Park. There are three lion cubs, who were born on the 13th August to first time parents, mother Gira and father Shanto after a gestation of about 112 days. The cubs are made up of one male and two females.  The pride of Asian lions at Fota Wildlife Park features the five-year-old…

First ever litter of Asian Lion cubs born at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park today announced that one of their Asian lionesses has given birth to her first litter of cubs in what is also a first for Fota Wildlife Park. The three as yet unsexed Asian lion cubs, were born on the 13th August to first time parents, mother Gira and father Shanto after a gestation of about 112 days.  Asian lions are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as there are only 500…

Lion Day 2017

Celebrate these gorgeous animals with us and learn about them from the rangers who look after our lions on Thursday August 10th for World Lion Day. We will have special feedings throughout the day at our Asiatic Lion Enclosure, with a talk from one of the Fota Wildlife Park rangers who take care of the lions, they will be able to tell you about Asiatic Lions and answer your questions about Shanto, Gita and Gira. These feedings and talks…

Fota Wildlife Park names the new Sumatran tiger cub

Fota Wildlife Park names the new Sumatran tiger cub and announces fundraising details for International Tiger Day 29th July Fota Wildlife Park received thousands of name suggestions for the new Sumatran tiger cub and is delighted to announce that cub is female and her name is Dharma. Born on 7th May to first time parents, mother Dourga and father Denar, Dharma is the first Sumatran tiger cub to be born at the iconic Co. Cork wildlife park.…

Fota Welcomes Four New Cheetah Cubs

The latest arrivals at Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork, four new Cheetah cubs, were officially introduced to the public. The Cubs were born on May 29th and the litter of four is made up of two males and two females. This is the second birth this year for mother Nimpy, originally from France, she also gave birth to a male Okkasie at the start of the year. Director of Fota Wildlife Park, Sean McKeown said, “All of us here at the wildlife…

New Addition to Rothschild Herd of Giraffe Needs a Name

                                Fota Wildlife Park is delighted to announce that a baby female giraffe calf was born last week to mother Sapphire and father Tadhg. The new arrival landed – literally as giraffes give birth while standing up -  on Tuesday the 18th of April and will join the 12-strong herd of Rothschild giraffes…

All Ireland Ladybird Survey and Workshop Details Announced

Your help is needed today  in the All Ireland Ladybird Survey 2017 (Survey runs from April to October) A research project funded by the Irish Research Council and Fota Wildlife Park and managed by Fota Wildlife Park and University College Cork would like to know if you spot a ladybird. So, if you are in your garden or going for a walk and you see a ladybird, please let them know at www.biology.ie. The online survey would like to know…

Enjoy a Talk on Snakes this St Patricks Day at Fota Wildlife Park

If you are looking for a wild day out that’s away from the crowds and the noise of the parades why don’t you check out Fota Wildlife Park on St. Patricks Day. In keeping with the theme of the day, we will have a special talk on snakes and other reptile residents in our Tropical House from one of the wildlife park’s wardens, Julien Fonteneau on the 17th March. The Tropical House is home to endangered reptiles, amphibians,…

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,…