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…

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…