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,…

Dharma’s First Birthday Party

Dharma’s First Birthday Party Last May was the birth of Fota Wildlife Park first Sumatran Tiger cub, a female named Dharma, born to mom, Dourga. The Sumatran Tiger species is one of the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world and is classed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Dharma’s birth was a landmark birth for Fota Wildlife Park as not only was it the first time that a tiger has been born in Fota, but because this…

Phantasmal Poison Dart Frogs at Fota Wildlife Park

Phantasmal Poison Dart Frogs at Fota Wildlife Park Have you seen the Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog in Fota Wildlife Park's Tropical House? This tiny frog makes it home on the Western slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes and secretes a venom through its skin that's so deadly just touching it can kill you. The minuscule frogs measure only 4 tenths of an inch.  The tiny frogs are part of a group of diverse amphibians known as poison dart or Poison Arrow frogs a description coined by Amazon…

The Running Fireman Alex O’Shea launches the annual Cheetah Run

The Running Fireman Alex O’Shea launches the annual Cheetah Run Fota Wildlife Park and Eagle Athletic Club announce Thursday 17th May as the race date, registration will open on Thursday 3rd May. Fota Wildlife Park, Co Cork, 25th April 2018 -  Alex O’Shea, better known as the Guinness Book of Records holding “Running Fireman” today helped launch the annual Cheetah Run which is hosted by Fota Wildlife Park in conjunction with Eagle Athletic Club. The Cheetah Run, a race run over 5 kilometres…

Big Cat Update from Fota Wildlife Park

Big Cat Update from Fota Wildlife Park The world’s big cat populations are declining at alarming rates due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade. The scale of the problem is distressing, for example in the last 100 years Asia’s wild tiger range has shrunk by 93% and 40% of that happened in the past ten years (21stcenturytiger.org). Fota Wildlife Park partakes in cooperative breeding programmes, which are an essential safeguard against…

Easter Activities at Fota Wildlife 2018

Easter Activities at Fota Wildlife 2018 Are you looking for a fun filled day out with the family? Fota Wildlife Park is offering a range of activities for all ages with storytelling, wildlife talks, feeding times, face painting and arts and crafts making for a great day out this Easter break. Easter Sunday Storytelling – April 1st Candlelit Tales presents Fionn and the Fianna; a lively, fun, interactive storytelling and music show, designed for children. Head on spellbinding…

Easter Storytelling

Easter Storytelling Join Candlelit Tales in Fota Wildlife Park for Fionn and the Fianna. Candlelit Tales specialise in retelling the stories of Irish Myth as they were traditionally told. Entertaining all ages, from  the Dublin night life to family days out, Candlelit Tales present this lively, fun, interactive storytelling and music show, specially designed for children. Head on spellbinding journey with Fionn MacCumhaill, a golden-haired boy, born and…

Frog Updates - World Frog Day

Frog Updates - World Frog Day Today, March 20th is World Frog Day and here at Fota Wildlife Park we wanted to tell you a little bit more about two of the Critically Endangered frog species in our Tropical House. First up, is the Mountain Chicken Frog. These frogs recently moved into a new enclosure in the Tropical House, featuring a waterfall and rain machine.     One of the world’s largest frogs, with adult females growing up to 21 centimeters (!)…