Early opening to accommodate families living with Autism on Thursday 23rd Aug 8am -10am

Fota Wildlife Park will open early to accommodate families living with autism and who may have difficulty with large crowds - from 8 am to 10 am on Thursday 23rd August. The following facilities will be available for this early opening: Gates, gift shop and restaurants (Savannah and Oasis) open from 8 am The train will run from 8.15 am - 10 am (no whistle) Please remember that animals can be unpredictable and loud creatures at times,…

Competition to Name First Lion-tailed Macaque Born in Over Four Years at Fota Wildlife Park

Competition to Name First Lion-tailed Macaque Born in Over Four Years at Fota Wildlife Park Fota Wildlife Park today announced the birth of a Lion-tailed macaque baby (Macaca silenus) on 23rd July to mother Tish and father Mauzer under the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The Lion-tailed macaque is one of the most endangered of the Asian primate species and is listed in the Red Data Book (IUCN 2003). The new mum is 11-year-old Fota-born Tish, who is one of the dominant females in the troop, and this is her second baby.…

Fota Wildlife Park receives Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2018 - 2023

Fota Wildlife Park receives Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2018 - 2023 Fota Wildlife Park is delighted to announce that it has again been chosen as a recipient of the Sandford Award for Heritage Education, which is recognised in Ireland and the UK. Fota Wildlife Park is one of only three institutions in Ireland who has been awarded the Sandford Award – which is a ‘kite mark’ for high-quality education provision which is acknowledged by schools and other educational institutions. Fota Wildlife Park has been a…

Join our fun and educational International Tiger Day celebrations on Sunday 29th July

Join our fun and educational International Tiger Day celebrations on Sunday 29th July Join our fun and educational International Tiger Day celebrations on Sunday 29th July and help raise funds for Wild Cat Conservation Alliance Join the Rangers and staff of  Fota Wildlife Park at the Tiger Forest on Sunday 29th July to celebrate International Tiger Day 2018 as there will be special feeding times and talks, an informational and interactive stand run by the Education Department and tiger-themed arts, crafts and face…

World Snake Day 2018 at Fota Wildlife Park

World Snake Day 2018 at Fota Wildlife Park The Jamaican Boa is only found in Jamaica and is the island’s largest, native, terrestrial predator.  Residing within tropical rainforest, plantations, and wetlands, Jamaican Boas will bask in the early morning to increase body temperature, and will spend most of the day hidden away in dense vegetation or tree holes, rock crevices or burrows.  Mostly nocturnal, they’ll reside within the tree canopy remaining still, ready to…

Fota’s Most Famous Primate Passes away - RIP Ol’ Blue Eyes

Fota’s Most Famous Primate Passes away - RIP Ol’ Blue Eyes On Saturday 7th July one of the oldest Spider monkeys ever recorded, Ol’ Blue Eyes, died at the very old age of 48 and ½ years. Rangers and staff at Fota Wildlife Park were heartbroken to learn that she passed away from a brief age-related illness on Saturday morning - as she was one of the best-loved and well-known residents. Ol’ Blue Eyes originally came to Fota Wildlife Park from Chester Zoo in 1993. The average life expectancy of a…

Baby Boom at Fota - three Scimitar-horned Oryx calves and two European bison calves born recently

Baby Boom at Fota - three Scimitar-horned Oryx calves and two European bison calves born recently Fota Wildlife Park is currently enjoying something of a baby- boom in the hoof stock section - which looks after all the ruminants such as the giraffe and zebra - we are delighted to announce that five new calves, two female European bison (Bison bonasus) and three Scimitar-horned Oryx (Oryx dammah), two females and a male, have been born since the beginning of the month. These two species are important to the conservation work that the…

New baby female European bison born at Fota Wildlife Park

New baby female European bison born at Fota Wildlife Park Today Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of a female European bison calf (Bison bonasus) who was born on Saturday 2nd June to first-time mother Red and father Hyssop. Fota Wildlife Park is now calling upon the public to name the calf and be in with a chance to win a yearlong Conservation Membership (see the form below to enter). The young calf joins the 13-strong herd including her father Hyssop who joined the herd four years ago…

Fota Wildlife Park announces the arrival of a new species - Roloway monkeys

Fota Wildlife Park announces the arrival of a new species - Roloway monkeys Fota Wildlife Park announced that it has added two female Roloway monkeys to its primate faunal collection. The Roloway species is extremely rare, even more so than any ape species. It is one of the most critically endangered primates in Africa and it has been placed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. The species is on the edge of extinction and until now its ecology and biology remain almost unknown.…

Fota Wildlife Park celebrates turning 35 years old with a Summer Series of Events this coming season

Fota Wildlife Park celebrates turning 35 years old with a Summer Series of Events this coming season (PLEASE NOTE - SUMMER EVENTS ARE ALL INCLUDED WITH YOUR ADMISSION PRICE /TICKET ON THE DAY OF EVENT) The stage is set this summer at Fota Wildlife Park for a series of fun and educational events to celebrate the Park’s 35 years in existence as one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. Fota Wildlife Park, a not for profit organisation, opened its gates in June 1983 as a zoological Park serving the core values of conservation, education,…