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 (!)…

Snake talk Patricks Day in the Tropical House

Snake talk Patricks Day in the Tropical House If you are looking for a wild day out that’s away from the crowds and the noise of the parades then check out Fota Wildlife Park this St. Patricks Day! We will have a special talk on snakes in our Tropical House with one of the wildlife park’s rangers, Julien Fonteneau at 1 pm on Saturday, the 17th March. Julien will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and explain more about our snake species, the Jamaican Boa and Dumeril’s…

Fota Wildlife Park Poetry Trail Competition

Fota Wildlife Park Poetry Trail Competition Budding young poets, how would you like to see your poem in print, or win a trip to Fota Wildlife Park for your school or your family? Building on last year's success, Fota Wildlife Park has teamed up again with Poetry Ireland to offer children aged 5-12 a chance to win a trip to Fota Wildlife Park for their entire class on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 26 April 2018. Winning poems will also appear on a special poetry trail map, which visitors…

Fota Wildlife Park to reopen tomorrow 5 March

Fota Wildlife Park will reopen to the public tomorrow Monday 5th March. Thanks to our expert animal staff who looked after all our animals during the recent snowy weather conditions. (Image credit Willie Duffy)