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Go Green at Fota

Fota staff has actively been recycling for the past year and now want the public to get involved and go green in the Park whilst visiting Fota.

This initiative is part of the Local Authority Prevention Network Programme, which was developed by the EPA as part of the National Waste Prevention Programme. Financial and technical support is being provided to the Local Authorities to tackle the challenge of waste prevention in partnership with businesses, public organisations and communities in County Cork.

Dr Mary Stack, Environmental Awareness Officer for Cork County Council is assisting Fota Wildlife Park to make the wildlife park more environmentally sustainable in their day to day operations. Across the world, zoos & wildlife parks are being ‘Greened’ through reducing the potential for any negative impacts on the local environment. As over 400,000 visitors pass through the gates every year, the public footfall is welcomed but can put strain on this wonderful natural habitat.

From Saturday, June 16th there will be three zones in the park with landfill and recycling bins where the public will have the facility to recycle any waste they accumulate whilst in the park. The Fota Education team, led by Lynda McSweeney, Head of Education at Fota, will be on hand to highlight their Going Green message. There will also be some fun green themed activities for kids on the day.

"Fota Wildlife Park is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by reducing its energy, waste and water consumption in its day to day operations.  As a conservation organisation, we are striving to protect some of the world’s critically endangered species and their associated habitats.  By offering members of the visiting public the opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle, we are hoping that our combined efforts will help to preserve global biodiversity." says Lynda McSweeney, Head of Education.


So, what greener way to spend the weekend than learning all about recycling in a fun way with the staff of Fota Wildlife Park!