Upcoming & Daily Events at Fota Wildlife Park
Mar - Feb
15th - 1th
  • Time: 12.45pm & 4pm
  • Location: Next to Main Entrance

Cheetah Run

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

Jul - Aug
1st - 31st
  • Location: Marquee outside Oasis Cafe

Larry the Lemur and Friends

Larry the Lemur and FriendsMeet the parks mascot Larry the Lemur and his friends at our new marquee behind the playground by the Oasis Cafe

Join in games, watch puppet shows and most of all keep an eye out for Larry the Lemur when he appears at different times throughout the day.

Oct - Nov
25th - 2nd
  • Time: 11am - 5pm
  • Location: Small Marquee

Halloween Fun

Join Our Actvities Team for some spooky fun this Halloween in Fota Wildlife Park, Cork

Each day we will be having Spooky Arts & Crafts from 11am -2pm and Face Painting from 3pm - 5pm

We have an extra special event on Halloween where our team will be on hand for the annual Halloween Makeover from 11am - 5pm so if you have any special requests to be transformed into a wolf, a witch etc.. email Sinead [email protected]

Dec - Jan
27th - 4th
  • Location: Education Complex

Childrens Activities

Childrens ActivitiesOur Activities Team will be doing Arts and Crafts in our Education Complex from 11:00 - 16:00 daily for the Christmas Holidays.

Mar - Nov
28th - 1st
  • Location: Various locations throughout the Park

Wildlife Talks + Feeding Times

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:

10.45am Giraffe
11.30am Cheetah
12.00pm Siamang Gibbon
12.30pm Eagle & Seal
12.45pm Cheetah Run
1.00pm Penguin
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.

Mar - Apr
28th - 12th

Easter Fun @ FOTA

Join the Activity team at Fota Wildlife Park this Easter for some fun with Arts & Crafts plus Face Painting Daily.

This Easter is going to be a fun one at Fota Wildlife Park with the new tropical house, wildlife talks, animal feeding times and some kids activities daily.

There will be Easter Themed Arts & Crafts from 11am - 2pm

followed by face painting by (we might be a bit biased) the best face painters in Ireland from 3pm - 5pm

On top of the kids activities we also have loads of fun talks about your favourite animals at the times below:

10.45am Giraffe
11.30am Cheetah
12.00pm Siamang Gibbon
12.30pm Eagle & Seal
12.45pm Cheetah Run
1.00pm Penguin
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 Tiger forest telling you all you need to know about Dourga and Denar our Sumatran Tigers


Would you like to Win a VIP Family Experience at Fota Wildlife Park? To enter simply tell us how many animals in total can you see in our new advert below before 9am on Friday when one lucky family will be picked just in time for the Easter Holidays

Posted by Fota Wildlife Park on Tuesday, 24 March 2015
8th - 10th
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • Location: Education Complex
  • Booking: (021) 4812678

Fota Easter Camp

Fota Wildlife Park's Annual Easter Activity Camp takes place this year from Wednesday 8th April to Friday 10th April

Cost: €25.00 per child per day or €68 for 3 days

10% discount is available for members or 3 or more children.

Full payment is required on receipt of booking form. Monies paid are non-refundable.


Arrival/ Collection: Participants are to be dropped to the Education Centre, Fota Wildlife Park at 11.00am each morning and are to be collected each evening at 4.00pm.


For Bookings please contact the Education Dept. on (021) 4812678 or 4812736 ext 206 or email [email protected]

Book early to avoid disappointment

Apr 25 - Apr 25
  • Time: 1pm
  • Location: Tiger Forest @ Asian Sanctuary

Tiger Enrichment

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.


Apr 25 - Apr 26
  • Time: 11.00-5.00
  • Location: Activities Tent

Kids Activities

We have some hands on fun for the little ones every Saturday & Sunday with arts & crafts and face painting in the Marquee from 11am until 5pm

Join your favourite Fota Activity team every Saturday & Sunday 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.

  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Fota Wildlife Park
  • Booking: www.eagleac.net

Cheetah Run 4 mile Road Race 2015

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.

Who knows it may also produce a moment like this which ended up going viral around the world


20th - 21st
  • Time: 11am – 5pm
  • Location: Marquee outside Oasis Cafe

Native Species Weekend

Come and join Fota Wildlife Park and a wide variety of wildlife experts for a fun-filled and fact-finding weekend.

Fota Wildlife Park is due to host its annual “Native Species Weekend” this Saturday and Sunday.

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.  

This year, there are a number of additional organisations hosting this event with Fota Wildlife Park


4th - 5th
  • Time: 12.00-4.00
  • Location: Marquee outside Oasis Cafe

Mad Scientist Weekend

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:

Lifetime Lab

Blackrock Castle

Trend Micro


Jul 20 - Aug 10
  • Time: 11am - 4pm
  • Location: Education Complex
  • Booking: (021) 4812678 ext.206

Fota Summer Camp

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:
[email protected]
or 021 4812678 ext 206

25th - 26th
  • Time: 11am - 4pm
  • Location: Marquee outside Oasis Cafe

Green Weekend

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