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Race Against Time at Fota Wildlife Park this week

Race against time is on at Fota Wildlife Park this week

This week Fota Wildlife Park is holding two races with the 2nd annual cheetah run 4 mile road race on Thursday night and the Bio Blitz to find out how many species live in the park over a 24hr period on Friday night.

The Cheetah Run, organised by Eagle AC, in conjunction with Fota Wildlife Park, will take place at 8pm on Thursday May 20th 2010. Head of Marketing for the park Stephen Ryan believes that the event will prove to be very successful "this race attracted 662 runners last year and was the biggest night time race in Cork in over 20 years so we are hoping for a good turnout once again as it the only race in Ireland that you will run amongst kangaroo's , lemur's and llamas."

The entry fee for the race is €10 with 50% of the proceeds of the race will be used by Fota Wildlife Park who are a non profit organisation, to renovate the parks Lar Gibbon Island. The inhabitants are sure to express their appreciation as you pass by, on the final run in to the finish line.

On Friday evening the race is against time to find as many species as possible in Fota Wildlife Park over a 24-hour time period as part of the bio blitz. Saturday 22nd May is International Biodiversity Day and to celebrate a special survey will take place at 6 different locations around the country organised by the National Biodiversity Centre.

Head of Education for the Park Lynda McSweeney is looking forward to the event and is encouraging the public to come and see the results "surveying will take place all day, and there will be a Base Camp in the Park where you can see how the BioBlitz is progressing our Final totals will be calculated by 5pm at the marquee in the park."

Experts will be working in the Park surveying for plants, bats, birds, butterflies, insects, and much more over the 24hr period. To celebrate the park are holding an event over the two days with interactive talks, arts & crafts and a birds of prey flying show on Saturday and Sunday.