Special Events

Apr 25 - Dec 31
Sat,Sun
  • 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.

 

May
14th
  • 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

 

June
20th - 21st
  • Time: 11am – 4pm
  • 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.  

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
www.corkcountybatgroup.ie

The Irish Wildlife Trust
www.iwt.ie

The Vincent Wildlife Trust
www.mammals-in-ireland.ie

Butterfly conservation Ireland
www.butterflyconservation.ie

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Association
www.irishbeekeeping.ie

Dingle Aquarium
www.dingle-oceanworld.ie

ISPCA Ireland
www.ispca.ie

The Irish Partridge Trust
www. greypartridge.ie

Future Orchards Trust
www.100sharehectare.info

July
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

APC

July
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

 

 

July
29th
  • Time: 12pm - 4pm
  • Location: Tiger Forest @ Asian Sanctuary

Global Tiger Day

Global Tiger DayOn 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.

September
25th
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Fota Wildlife Park
  • Booking: http://www.fotawildlife.ie/conferences/a-wild-night-at-fota

A Wild Night at Fota WIldlife Park

Join us on the 25th of September for a very special event in aid of Fauna & Flora International

Tickets can be bought via this link

http://www.fotawildlife.ie/conferences/a-wild-night-at-fota

October
31st
  • Time: 2pm - 4.30pm
  • Location: Marquee outside Oasis Cafe

Halloween Disco 2015

Join us this Halloween for some creativity, fun and dancing


We have a fun line up for Halloween with our activities team on hand for a trick or treat makeover from 11 -5. So if you want to be that scary skeleton or wicked witch let our team help you.

At 1pm go check out our Tigers getting some special treats for Halloween in the Tiger Forest.

Then from 2 - 4.30pm in our big marquee by the Oasis Cafe we have a halloween Disco. So its time to have some spooktacular fun with DJ Anthony Fleming who is guaranteed to have both kids and parents dancing all afternoon.

December
30th

Park Closed 30th of December 2015

Unfortunately due to some flooding in the park we will remain closed for the rest of today, the 30th of December 2015. Our animals are all fine and we hope to be open again tomorrow.
We apologise for any inconvienience caused and we hope all our customers stay safe in this weather.

Mar - Feb
17th - 31th
  • Time: 12.45 and 16.00
  • Location: Next to Main Entrance

Cheetah Run

See the worlds fastest animal being fed daily in Fota Wildlife Park at 12;45 and 16;00

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

Apr - Oct
13th - 31st
  • Time: Various locations throughout the Park
  • Location: Fota Wildlife Park

Animal Feeding Times

Feeding Times Daily April - October throughout the park

10.45 - Penguins

12.45 - Cheetahs

14.15 - Siamang Gibbons

16.00 - Cheetahs

16.30 - Penguins

17.00 - Seals

 

May
22nd - 25th

UK and Ireland Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference (REEC)

Fota Wildlife Park will be hosting the 6th UK and Ireland Regional Environmental Enrichment Conference (REEC), aimed at animal professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the area of environmental enrichment.

For more information on the conference or to book tickets, check out our REEC page, http://www.fotawildlife.ie/conferences/REEC2016

July
29th
  • Time: 11am - 5pm
  • Location: Activities Tent

Global Tiger Day 2016

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 we are hoping to get as many Tigers Faces as we can with our activities team face painting in the Entertainment Marquee from 11 - 5.


We also have a Conservation Membership Voucher up for grabs, with a colouring competition running in the Entertainment Marquee from Thursday 28th to Monday 1st.

All funds raised on the day are going straight to 21st Century Tiger.

Together, we can give wild tigers a future.

September
30th
  • Time: 19.30
  • Location: Education Complex
  • Booking: Please ring 021 4812678 ext 210

To Save a Unicorn: Saola and the extinction crisis in Southeast Asia.

Talk taking place in Fota Wildlife Park Education Department on Friday September 30th at 7.30pm.

 

Presenter:  William Robichaud, Coordinator, Saola Working Group of the IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group

 

Abstract:

The Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) is a new genus of large mammal, discovered by science only in 1992, in Vietnam.  It was one of the most surprising zoological finds of the 20th century.  More than two decades later, it remains one of the world’s least-known large mammals, and is now also one of the most endangered.

This mysterious ungulate lives only in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and neighboring Laos, where it is just one amongst a remarkable suite of endemic wildlife species - some of which, like the Saola, have only recently been described.  This pace of new vertebrate discovery is unmatched by any other region in the world, and marks the Annamite Mountains as a remarkable global biodiversity hotspot.

Unfortunately, many of these species, including the Saola, are under severe threat from the region’s intense wildlife trade.  This trade has made Southeast Asia the epicenter of the world’s wildlife extinction crisis today.  A small window remains to save Saola from extinction, and deep international collaboration will be essential.

 

William Robichaud has worked on wildlife and biodiversity conservation in Laos and Vietnam since 1990.  He holds degrees in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin and the University of British Columbia.  He is a former director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Laos Program, and has worked in Southeast Asia for WWF, IUCN, Fauna & Flora International, International Crane Foundation and the government of Laos.  He is currently a staff biologist for Global Wildlife Conservation.

In 2006, he and several colleagues founded the IUCN Saola Working Group, and he has served as the group’s Coordinator since.  In 2015, the IUCN SSC recognized him with its Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership, for his “extraordinary leadership in raising global attention for the conservation of the Saola,…building a dedicated network of scientists and practitioners in Laos and Vietnam focused on saving this iconic species.”

 

 

Attendance is free but booking is essential, to book please ring the park at 021 4812678 ext 210