New Baby Agile Gibbon Born at Fota Wildlife Park

New Baby Agile Gibbon Born at Fota Wildlife Park The Wildlife Park is calling on the public to suggest a name for the new baby Agile gibbon to be in with a chance to win a Conservation Membership Today Fota Wildlife Park announced the arrival of a new baby Agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis) who was born on the 27th of August to mother Chloe who is aged 18 and dad Conor, 28 years of age.  As yet the Rangers do not know the gender of the new arrival as mother Chloe is keeping the baby very…

New Educational All-weather Viewing Pod Opens at Fota Wildlife Park

New Educational All-weather Viewing Pod Opens at Fota Wildlife Park State-of-the-art weatherproof viewing area overlooking the Giraffe Paddock now open to the public Today the President of the Zoological Society of Ireland and Board Member of Fota Wildlife Park, Michael Daly, along with the Chairman of Fota Wildlife Park, Neil O’Carroll and Director of Fota Wildlife Park, Sean McKeown, officially cut the ribbon, opening a new indoor educational pod looking out over the African Savannah paddock at the iconic…

Step into September at Fota Wildlife Park

Step into September at Fota Wildlife Park This Saturday the 15th of September is International Red Panda Day 2018 and Fota Wildlife Park are asking you to come and say goodbye to our twin male Red pandas, Koda and Lionel who will be leaving for Longleat Safari Park in the UK this month. The twin males have been named in honour of the Irish rock band – Kodaline, who filmed their music video’s ‘Ready to Change’ at Fota last year and the location fees were donated to the Red Panda…

Wild Flowers Growing Here - Pollinators in the Park

Wild Flowers Growing Here - Pollinators in the Park In 2015 Ireland joined a small number of countries in Europe who have developed a strategy to address pollinator decline and protect pollination services. Sixty-eight governmental and non-governmental organisations agreed a shared plan that identifies 81 actions to make Ireland pollinator friendly between now and 2020. Implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is coordinated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and…

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…