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Red Panda Cub Ready for 1st Christmas at Fota Wildlife Park

As Christmas Day approaches something cuddly that is red with a bit of white has made an appearance at Fota Wildlife Park, not Santa but a 6 month old Red Panda Cub. The cub who the wardens have named “Bam” which is short for Bamboo was born on the 1st of July. Speaking about the cub lead warden at Fota Wildlife Park Kelly Lambe said “although he is 6 months old on New Year’s Day it’s only in recent weeks that Bam has been seen…

Fota Wildlife Park Need an Irish Name for Baby Giraffe

Fota Wildlife Park have just unveiled their latest arrival, a 2 week old 5ft tall female giraffe calf and now they are looking for the public to give her an Irish name. The female calf was born on September 21st to mother Sapphire who carried the new arrival for an incredible 15 months and like all giraffe mothers gave birth to her baby whilst standing. This meant that the first experience for the baby giraffe was a 6ft drop to the ground.…

Fota Name Cheetah Cubs

Following a campaign which received huge public attention, Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork have named their two male Cheetah cubs as Gambella and Manovo after two national parks in Africa where cheetah can be found. The Cubs were born at the end of July become the 180th & 181st cheetahs to have been bred in the East Cork attraction since it first began rearing cheetahs in 1984. Mum Nimpy who originally came from France has also made her…

Say Hello to our Cheetah Cubs

The latest arrivals at Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork, two male Cheetah cubs were officially introduced to the public today and now people have been asked to give them a name. The Cubs were born at the end of July become the 180th & 181st cheetahs to have been bred in the East Cork attraction since it first began rearing cheetahs in 1984. Mum Nimpy who originally came from France has also made her own bit of history as they are the…

Fota Welcome a Pair of Langurs to Cork

Visitors to Fota Wildlife Park may have a giggle at the name of the Cork attractions new residents the François Langur Monkeys. Sounding very like a very famous Cork slang word, the François Langurs are one of the world's rarest monkeys and are found in northeast Vietnam and in two Chinese provinces: Guangxi and Guizhou. The pair of males who are named Yinx and Ki both came from Twycross Zoo in the UK are the latest additions to the…

Minister Opens the New Asian Sanctuary at Fota Wildlife Park

The €4.3m 27 acre Asian Sanctuary development at Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork was officially opened yesterday afternoon by Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine & Defence Simon Coveney TD. The Asian Sanctuary is a 27 acre expansion that is home already to some of the world’s most endangered species including Sumatran Tigers, Visayan Spotted Deer, Visayan Warty Pigs, Lion Tailed Macaques and the parks latest arrival Jamil a…

New Indian Rhino Area to Open

On Friday morning visitors to Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork will get a chance to meet its newest resident Jamil an Indian Rhino as they open the gates to phase two of its Asian Sanctuary development. The male named Jamil arrived from Whipsnade Zoo in the UK at the end of June and will be joined by two additional rhinos in the Autumn. Speaking about the arrival lead warden Aidan Rafferty said “we are all very excited about Jamils…

Lots of Arrivals and Departures at Cork’s Fota Wildlife Park

Following a record year of 438,000 visitors in 2014, Fota Wildlife Park continues to expand with lots of new animals for the public to see this Easter as phase one of the Asian Sanctuary nears completion. The East Cork attraction recorded a 20% increase in visitors in 2014 following the introduction of a new tropical house and the arrival of Dourga and Denar two Sumatran Tigers as part of phase one of their Asian Sanctuary…

Fota Giraffe Calf Makes First Appearance after Broken Leg

There were big smiles at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork yesterday when Clodagh a 2 month old Giraffe calf joined the rest of the herd for the first time in the African savannah having recovered from a broken leg sustained during birth. Clodagh was born on the 22nd of June to first time mum Aoife and dad Walder. The calf the third Rothschild giraffe to be born this year in the East Cork attraction sustained a broken leg during birth and had a…

New Additions Bring Record Numbers to Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork is celebrating the busiest month in their 31 year history thanks to the arrival of tigers, reptiles, butterflies and frogs in 2014. Fota Wildlife Park has seen a record number of 92,000 visitors go through its gates this July an increase of 35% on the same month in 2013 and giving the park an overall increase of 19% year on year. Speaking about the success head of marketing at park Stephen Ryan said “we are…