Weird and Wonderful Amphibians

Ever hear of a mudpuppy? Or a siren? How about an olm, a hellbender , a waterdog or even a amphiuma? No? They are all wonderfully whimsical names for equally wonderful creatures: the amphibians. Amphibians are fascinating creatures, having been here on earth for more the 230 million years.    The mudpuppy and waterdog are North American aquatic salamanders. They are stout, elongated creatures that have retained some of their…

Welcoming Finn

I was overjoyed at the sight of Finn, our newborn giraffe calf, peering at me with big doe eyes. At the time i saw him he was only one week old and it was the first time the door of his house was opened and he could see the world outside. He was born on the 4th of July and was the cause of much celebration here at Fota Wildlife Park! Roisin, his mother, had carried him for an incredible 14 months and now that he was out in the world, she…