Conservation Blog

August Bank Holidays events - Native Species Weekend and Big Bug Bonanza Day

  Native Species Weekend 5th & 6th Aug & Big Bug Bonanza Day 7th Aug Meet a selection of Ireland’s terrestrial and aquatic inhabitants at Fota Wildlife Park this coming August Bank Holiday. Your visit will include the free, interactive, informational and fun Native Species Weekend on the 5th and 6th of August, followed by the Big Bug Bonanza Day on the 7th August all included with your admission. The events will run in…

Sumatran Tiger Cub born at Fota Wildlife Park

A first for Fota Wildlife Park as one of the world’s most threatened species of tiger gives birth to a cub Fota Wildlife Park today announced the birth of a Sumatran Tiger cub which is one of the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world and was classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2008. The cub was born on the 7th of May to first time parents, five-year-old mother Dourga and…

Conserving Primates in Vietnam

Fota Wildlife Park is playing a key role in the protection of some of the most Endangered primates in the world in Vietnam through supporting local ethnic minority communities to conduct forest patrols. “Vietnam holds some of the rarest primates on the planet, with 5 of the top 25 most endangered species globally,” reports Dr Ben Rawson of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) Primate Conservation Programme. In recognition of this,…

Fota Home to Three of the Top Ten Most Endangered Amphibians

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which promotes the values of good zoos, parks and aquariums, has compiled a list of the top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from the aid of its members in the UK and Ireland. Three residents of Fota Wildlife Park’s Tropical House the mountain chicken, Axeloti and the Morelet’s leaf frog have all made it on to the list, which highlights some of the best examples of…

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)…

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…

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…

Fota Funded Project in Vietnam

Fota Wildlife Park welcomed Brian Crudge back to Cork today as he gave a presentation to the staff on the work him and his colleagues at Flora and Fauna international are doing in Vietnam. Fota Wildlife Park is collaborating with Flora and Fauna International (FFI) to help save some of the world’s critically endangered primate species in Vietnam. South East Asia is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and its…

Saving the Madagascar Pochard and other Madagascan fauna

Fota Wildlife Park will host a presentation on ‘Saving the Madagascar Pochard and other Madagascan fauna' Monday 25th July at 7.30pm. Richard Lewis, Director of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's Madagascar Programme, will speak about Madagascan fauna and Fota Wildlife Park's collaboration with the Durrell Trust to save one of the world's most critically endangered birds, the Madagascan Pochard. This pochard was believed to be…