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New Baby Tapir at Fota Wildlife Park Needs a Name

The latest birth at Fota Wildlife Park is a female Brazilian Tapir, born in the park last Tuesday the 12th of July in the early evening.  The newborn’s parents Basil (6) and mother Maya (8), along with brother Thiago are all very protective of their new addition to the family. As an odd-toed ungulate the Brazilian Tapir has shared ancestry to a primitive horse and Rhinoceros, the Brazilian Tapir is one of five species of Tapir in…

Fota Wildlife Park takes great PRIDE in its new arrival!

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new species to Fota Wildlife Park! In recent days, two Asian lions arrived in Fota Wildlife Park from Helsinki in Finland.  These two females, named Gita and Gira completed their arduous journey across six countries from their Finnish home and eventually arrival safely to Fota.  Their arrival in Fota is of monumental importance as they settle into life in the park’s Asian…

Park Closed April 10th 2016

Unfortunately due to some flooding in the park we will remain closed for the rest of today, the 10th of April 2016. Our animals are all fine and we hope to be open again tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope all our customers stay safe in this weather.

Park Closed 30th of December 2015

Unfortunately due to some flooding in the park we will remain closed for the rest of today, the 30th of December 2015. Our animals are all fine and we hope to be open again tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvienience caused and we hope all our customers stay safe in this weather.

Fota to Celebrate International Gibbon Day

As the Cork Jazz Festival gets into Full swing on Saturday, Fota Wildlife Park will be celebrating the real king of the swingers the Gibbons for International Gibbon Day. To mark the occasion Fota Wildlife Park is opening the latest island in their Asian Sanctuary which will be home to the Lar Gibbons. The Lar gibbon family will now be neighbours to Jamil the Indian Rhino, Sumatran Tigers, Lion Tailed Macaques, Visayan Spotted Deer,…

Marketing Survey Winners

Thanks to everyone who completed our Marketing survey for a chance to win membership to the park or runners up prizres of family tickets. The winners are: Winner: Jack James                Drumcondra,                Dublin 9            Runner up #1:…

Win a conservation membership to Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park are having an online competition to win a Conservation Membership worth €172 and one of four family passes to the park. All you have to do is answer multiple choice questions below and in turn help us decide where we promote the park in 2016. (function(t,e,o,s){var…

Passing of Barry Murphy, Former Chairman

It was with great regret that Fota Wildlife Park learned of the unexpected passing of our former Governor and Chairman, (Barry Murphy second in from the left in an early photograph from the park's archives) Barry Murphy. In 1983 Barry played a key role when he assisted in raising finance for Fota, a project that many felt would never get off the ground. Once the Park was established he continued to play an active role,culminating in his…

Fota Wildlife Park Ranked Amongst Top 25 Zoos in Europe

Fota Wildlife Park has today been named as one of the top 25 zoos/animal parks in Europe as part of global travel reviewing site Tripadvisors Travellers Choice Awards. Fota Wildlife Park has been recognised by Tripadvisor in the past having been awarded the certificate of excellence for the last number of years and is currently ranked as the number 1 thing to do in Cork. Today's announcement from Tripadvisor is great achievement for the…

Fota Wildlife Park Announce name of Baby Tapir

Fota Wildlife Park have ended a 13 day search for name for their Brazilian Tapir calf by calling it Thiago. Thiago a Portuguese (Brazilian) name was chosen by lead warden Aidan Rafferty and his fellow wardens from a shortlist of 15 taken from over 400 suggestions via the parks website. Speaking about the name Aidan said "we loved the sound of the name but more importantly its origins are from Brazil and it's nice to take that into…