Animals, Plants and Conservation Fota Wildlife Park

We love to welcome visitors to Fota Wildlife Park from all over the world, and we know that every guest will return home with a new fascination for one of our amazing animals, or a new understanding of conservation. This is the perfect atmosphere to discover diverse species and habitats and to understand how to protect them for future generations, and it’s a wonderful day out for the whole family as well.

Here at Fota, our conservation habitats are created to promote conservation across the world, and we take part in coordinated breeding programmes that maintain species such as Sumatran Tigers, Asiatic Lions, Gibbons, Giraffes and Rhinos. Our animals and plants are at the heart of every decision we take at Fota, and we know you will appreciate the opportunity to find out more about the global importance of our conservation work.

 

Animals and Plants

The animals and plants that are central to our work represent a wide variety of species across the planet, and we offer experience days and behind the scenes tours that enable a deeper understanding of some of our incredible creatures. The care that goes into designing a habitat for a particular species, and caring for it on a daily basis, should not be underestimated, and we are proud to say that our animal thrive on the care we provide.

Some of our animal residents are more specialised in their husbandry requirements than others, and for a species such as the cheetah, creating the perfect environment is crucial. The cheetah is the oldest big cat species on earth, and is the fastest land animal, able to run faster than 100 kilometres per hour in pursuit of prey. Cheetahs in the wild face many threats and cubs have a high mortality rate, and this means that the species is now considered to be vulnerable.

At Fota Wildlife Park, our successful breeding programme has seen the birth of more than 200 cheetah cubs since 1985, and our cheetah habitat is designed to mimic the way these cats live in the wild, with males living together, and females separated. We also boast Ireland’s first and only Cheetah Run. Cheetahs catch their meals of chicken, rabbit or horsemeat, so we can be sure that they are maintaining their natural instincts and staying healthy. We offer keeper experience sessions that allow you to see how the cheetah run operates and get up close and personal with this fascinating species, and you can find out more about these by browsing our website or talking to our expert staff team. To book or for more information call our team on 021 4812678

Here at Fota, we want the very best for all of our animals and this means analysing their natural habitats and doing what we can to emulate them. We aim to preserve and protect the species we care for in our Wildlife Park, and we know that our visitors love to see these animals in an environment that reflects their individuality. You can talk to our rangers about the work they do with our different animals, find out more online, or take a VIP Family Experience or Warden Experience to learn much more about our resident animal heroes.

 

Conservation

One of the most vital roles undertaken by Wildlife Parks and Zoos across the world is in conserving animal species from around the world in order to protect them for future generations. Our habitats are carefully designed to promote biodiversity and encourage the expression of a range of natural behaviours in the animals they house, and we are proud to offer many educational experiences so that we can pass on this knowledge and understanding to others.

Our ongoing programme of development sees us constantly improving our work in this area, and we are always thinking about how to make positive changes in the future. Our tiger forest is the first part of our ongoing Asian Wetlands and Plains project , an exciting recently opened area spanning 27 acres, focusing on Asian animals. This is already home to our Sumatran tigers, and we are continuing to fundraise so that we can create further areas of Asian Wetlands and Plains in the future.

The breeding programmes at Fota Wildlife Park are an important part of our work, and we are connected with zoos and Wildlife Parks across Europe to enable us to maximise our efforts here. Conserving animals such as tigers may be vital work that is popular with our visitors, but we work just as hard to ensure the longevity of lesser known species such as the White tailed Sea Eagle, a native species which became extinct in Ireland in 1901.

Through our conservation and reintroduction work, we have welcomed many White-tailed Sea Eagle chicks in recent years and have even begun to release these back into the wild. Our Sea Eagle habitat makes the most of our location in Cork Harbour, enabling these impressive birds to fish as they would in the wild.

We are proud of our efforts to maintain a diverse range of plants and trees throughout the Wildlife Park, including the Swamp Cypress that can last more than 1300 years if maintained properly. Introducing plants such as this, which are commonly found in the wetlands of the south eastern United States, enables us to create natural habitats for the animals we care for and to educate our staff and visitors about the importance of biodiversity and conservation on a worldwide scale.

 

Find Out More

Our website is designed to give you more information about all of the species we protect, and you can talk to us when you visit the park if you have specific questions. We recommend talking with our expert rangers, who care for our animals on a daily basis, to discover more about this work and the positive impact it has in the world. We believe that we are well placed to bring knowledge and experience of conservation, plants and animals to future generations, and we are delighted that our efforts continue to enable such diverse species to thrive in Ireland and across the globe.