EAZA Teddy Bears Picnic with Tropicana Pure Premium

Have you teddy bears at home who would like to visit a wildlife park? Well now they can. This Sunday June 21st (Father’s Day) Fota Wildlife Park will be hosting the EAZA Teddy Bears Picnic in association with Tropicana Pure Premium to raise awareness of the EAZA European Carnivore Campaign. The European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) run an annual international fundraising campaign. Previous campaigns have focussed on tigers,…

Have a Wild and Wonderful Summer at Fota Wildlife Park

Kids are you interested in nature? Have you ever wondered why a giraffe sleeps standing up or why the cheetah is the fastest land animal.  Come to Fota Wildlife Park’s Summer Camps and have all of your questions answered!!    Fota Wildlife Park’s Summer Camps promise to provide a unique and unforgettable time to all!  Camps are taking place over a six week period during the months of July and August. Fota Wildlife…

Schola Cantorum Voci del Nestore (Italy) performing at Fota Wildlife Park on Saturday May 2nd at 1pm

The Schola Cantorum Voci del Nestore choir is made up of students from the first, second and third classes of Piegaro Middle School. The group currently consists of 25 students, and came into being in 2003 through the formation of an extracurricular school choir activity. Since 2006 the choir has become part of the school’s curriculum, with rehearsals of about three hours a week now partly taking place during the school day. The constant…

The Cheetah Run - 4 mile road race

The Cheetah Run, May 21st, Fota Wildlife Park, Cork The Cheetah is a most graceful cat, whose long legs and semi-retractile claws are adaptations to coursing swift antelope prey.  Cheetahs stalk their prey to about 30m, then sprint at up to 110kph. Fota Wildlife Park in Cork has been exceptionally successful in breeding Cheetahs in captivity.  Over 180 cubs have been born in the park since 1985. The Cheetah formerly occupied all…

Ol’ Blue Eyes

It is truly amazing, the amount of intriguing stories to be told of Fota Wildlife Park’s animals. Each individual really does have a unique past and an even more unique personality to match. Our oldest spider monkey ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ is however somewhat special amongst Fota’s animals. This is due to the place in which her story began-The Wild! Unlike all the other animals in the park which were born in captivity, she was born in the…

Irelands Amphibians

Ireland has only three representatives of the amphibian family: the common frog, the natterjack toad and the smooth newt. The common frog or Loscán has a very widely spread distribution, found in most parts of Ireland. They thrive in areas such as damp forests, peat and farm land. When they begin breeding, they seek out ponds in which to lay their eggs. The natterjack toad or Cnádán is endangered animal here in Ireland. It can only be…

Evolution and Extinction

Isn’t evolution a marvellous process? When ever I walk through the park, I never cease to wonder at animals and how they came to be. Take for example the giraffe. Through intense competition for grasses and other ground plants, the giraffe evolved to eat the inaccessible areas: high tree tops! I always ask the question when I give my Giraffe Talk, how did the giraffe get it’s long neck? New bones added?. Or just elongation of exisiting neck…

Family Frog Day

Fun, food, frogs and conservation! It’s all happening in Fota Wildlife Park on Saturday, 27th of September. This event, our Family Froggy Fun Day, is taking place at 12 o’clock in the park as part of Fota Wildlife Park’s conservation effort to save many of the world’s amphibians from the brink of extinction. During this family  event, the main aim of the day is combining fun with raising awareness about the ‘Amphibian Alarm:…

Escapes

When visitors of Fota Wildlife Park enter the park, they are usually taken aback at the initial sight of the giraffes in the large paddock. This is more often than not continued by scanning all the other weird and wonderful creatures that share the giraffes’ space including the zebra, oryx, emu, ostrich and many little maras- or as one man coined them “little jack russell dogs”- bobbing about. While standing observing on the other side of…

New beginnings at Fota Wildlife Park

It has been a remarkable time lately to visit Fota and as someone who has been working here for the last month the place still surprises me, constantly offering something new and interesting every week. During my first few weeks here I had the pleasure of seeing first hand the pattering troops of goslings and ducklings march and swim in formation behind their mothers, while dad kept a protective eye fixed on his young and taught harsh lessons…