See the worlds fastest animal being fed daily in Fota Wildlife Park
Renowned for its successful breeding programme, over 200 cheetah cubs have been born in Fota since 1985. The cats are housed in a similar way to how they live in the wild - males together, with females separated - and Fota also has Ireland’s first and only Cheetah Run.
The exhibit keeps the Cheetahs active, while maintaining their wild instincts – though it can take some time for newcomers to understand how to catch their meal! Fota’s Cheetahs are fed chicken, rabbit or horsemeat. Rabbit tends to be their favourite, with richer horsemeat given out once a week.
The Cheetah Run is located next to the main entrance and is a must see if you are visitng Cork
If you want to know how tall a Giraffe is or why the Siamang Gibbons sing, catch one of our Wildlife talks on a Saturday or Sunday around the park.
Come meet our team of zoologists and hear about these amazing animals at the times below:
12.00pm Siamang Gibbon
12.30pm Eagle & Seal
12.45pm Cheetah Run
2.15pm Siamang Gibbon Feeding
2.30pm Lion-Tailed Macaque
3.00pm Siamang Gibbon
3.30pm Eagle & Seal
4.00pm Cheetah Run
4.30pm Penguin Feeding
5.00pm Seal Feeding
5.15pm Giraffe Crossing
Plus the team will also be on hand throughout the day at our new tropical house informing you on some of the new residents at Fota Wildlife Park including frogs, lizards, snakes, butterflies, turtles and many more.
Ever wanted to know what food Tigers eat or where they come from?
Join our Animal Wardens every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm in the Tiger Forest as they do some animal enrichment activities with Dourga and Denar our Sumatran Tigers. They will also be able to answer some of your tiger related questions.
The 2015 Cheetah Run in Fota Wildlife Park will take place on Thursday the 14th of May at 8pm. The plan is to open entries on Thursday the 30th of April. If it is anything like last year then all the available places should be gone in a few hours.
This is one of the most popular races in Cork and it's easy to see why. Not only is the race unique in that it is through a wildlife park but anyone entering can also bring family members along.
Last year, the field was limited to 900 runners and entries sold out in a few hours. It's very likely that there will be a similar level of demand this year. There will be chip timing again like last year.
Because of the high demand, the online entries in two batches, once in the morning and once in the evening to accommodate people at work and at home.
Entries....On Thursday the 30th of April, online entries will open at 10am via Eagle AC website. It will stay open until 450 places are filled. It seems very likely that based on last year, these 450 will sell out very fast. Once the first 450 entries are filled, entries will close. At 7pm that evening, entries will open again until the remaining 450 places sell out.
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We have some hands on fun for the little ones every day this summer with arts & crafts and face painting in the Marquee from 11am until 5pm
Join your favourite Fota Activity team every day this summer for some fun as they will be showing you how to make and do lots of things with their arts and crafts session from 11 - 2 and face painting from 3 - 5 in the Marquee at the park.
Come and join Fota Wildlife Park and a wide variety of wildlife experts for a fun-filled and fact-finding weekend.
The aim of this weekend is to acknowledge the variety of native flora and fauna that exists in Ireland and how everyone can play a role in helping to conserve our natural heritage!
Throughout the weekend, wildlife experts will be available to answer your questions on a variety of topics.
Fota Wildlife Park would like to extend its gratitude to the following organisations for their continued support in promoting native species conservation:
Cork County Bat Group
The Irish Wildlife Trust
The Vincent Wildlife Trust
Butterfly conservation Ireland
The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Association
The Irish Partridge Trust
Future Orchards Trust
Calling all young budding scientists, Fota Wildlife Park will be hosting a mad scientist weekend this coming Sat & Sun!
Fota's education team will be there to introduce your children to the magic of science and will provide them with opportunites to explore the wonders of water, light, magnetism among others.
Special stands on the day from:
Kids, are you interested in nature?
Have you ever wondered why a giraffe sleeps standing up or why the cheetah is the fastest land animal? Come to Fota Wildlife Park's Summer Camps and have all of your questions answered!! ...
Fota Wildlife Park's Summer Camps promise to provide a unique and unforgettable time for all! Camps are taking place over a two week period during the months of July and August.
Fota Wildlife Park's education department has been providing summer camps since 1995. Since their establishment, attendance figures have grown to over 450 participants over a five week period, making it one of the most popular summer camps in the Munster area! Our Summer Camps have been developed with the aim of engendering a respect for the natural world in children of all ages, this is achieved by taking a "play" approach to learning with the aim of enthusing and encouraging an interest in nature and its many wonders. Through years of valuable experience and programme revision, we have carefully put together a selection of activities which address each participants' requirements and interests. Activities range from arts and crafts to sports and environmental activities. All of the activities on offer are based around the theme of the natural world. Participants are segregated based on age groups and the activities on offer are age specific.
Part of the Summer Camp's goal includes collaborating with local organisations and companies to promote and encourage environmental awareness. The environmental Unit of Cork County Council has kindly sponsored a series of events including "Friday is environmental funday".
July 20th - 24th
Aug 10th - 14th
A supervised train service is available from Kent station in Cork City as well as a number of additional stops along the Cork to Cobh line. Summer camps details are as follows:
Cost €95 per child per week.
10% discount available for members or for 3 or more children
More details are available from the education Dept:
or 021 4812678 ext 206
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.
The Green Weekend is supported by the Environmental Awareness Unit of Cork County Council
On Wednesday 29th July Fota Wildlife Park will be joining our conservation friends from around the world to celebrate the amazing animal that is the Tiger.
21st Century Tiger is a unique initiative between ZSL & Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation which raises funds for wild tiger conservation projects. Established in 1997, it has since become one of the top seven tiger funding agencies globally and has contributed over £1.7 million to over 130 individual proposals for 70 tiger projects in seven countries worldwide.
100% of all donations received are spent on wild tiger conservation.
On the day Red FM will be here at the park between 12pm-4pm.
Prizes up for grabs for fancy dress, tiger jumping competition and a V.I.P Family Experience pass for the best dressed tiger on the day!
Special feeding times for the tigers between 12pm-4pm.
Face painting, arts and crafts and Larry the Lemur.
On the day we will also be selling special badges, with all funds raised going straight to 21st Century Tiger.
Together, we can give wild tigers a future.