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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 delighted with the numbers as it acknowledges the big investment of over €2.5m we have put in to both the Tiger Forest and the Tropical House this year.”

The Tiger Forest which opened on May 31st is home to two Sumatran Tigers named Dourga and Denar who are settling well into their new home in Cork. “The arrival of Tigers has created a big buzz about the park, I think the size of their area has impressed people the most as it gives them great space to move around in a very natural environment” added Mr Ryan.

The Tiger Forest at Fota Wildlife Park is the first part of its new Asian Sanctuary development which is situated on an additional 27 acres that is to be kept in line with the existing unique open nature of the wildlife park but will have an authentic Asian ambiance. Fota Wildlife Park hope to complete work on phase one of the Asian Sanctuary in the coming weeks with the introduction of visayan spotted deer as well as the relocation of many of its Asian species including warty pigs and lion tailed macaques.

The park which is a non profit organisation hopes the fantastic numbers will continue throughout August and the rest of 2014 enabling them to begin work on phase two of the sanctuary which will cost in the region of €2m. “The record number of visitors will be of huge benefit to our development fund and fingers crossed that they keep growing so that people will be able to see Indian Rhino in Cork next year” added Stephen Ryan.

On top of its new attractions Fota Wildlife Park have talks, feeding times, arts & crafts and face painting every day throughout August