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Baby Giraffes Need a Name

Fota Wildlife Park have just unveiled their latest arrivals, a yet to be named 5ft tall male & female giraffe calf that were born at Cork’s number one visitor attraction at the end of January.

The first born was the female calf on January 25th to mother Bláithín and father Walder, two days later a male calf was born to mother Sapphire and father Tadgh. The two calves will now able to enjoy Mothers Day outside this weekend having been introduced to the rest of the herd at the park this week.

The calves now become the youngest of a herd of Rothschild giraffe at Fota Wildlife Park, which are one of nine races of giraffe found in Africa.  To celebrate the births Fota Wildlife Park has set up a competition inviting the public and schools to come up with an Irish name for the calves.

Speaking about the competition head of marketing at Fota wildlife Park Stephen Ryan said “the public love coming up with names for the babies here at the park so we are going to let them come up with one name and school kids to come up with the other via their teacher”. There is one rule however that people need to stick with, “we have a tradition of giving an Irish name to every giraffe calf born at the park so that is the only condition we require when entering” added Mr Ryan. The competition to name the giraffe calves is open to everyone via filling in the box below


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The East Cork attraction will also be awarding the person and class with the winning names two fantastic prizes. One lucky person will get to bring their family or friends to the park for a VIP Family Experience where they will get the opportunity to feed a giraffe and see what happens behind the scenes at Fota.

The winning name suggestion by a class will result in a class tour behind the scenes at the park where they will get to experience the new S.O.S (save our species) workshops at the park. The winning class will also get to go behind the scenes and see some of the giraffes inside their house at Fota Wildlife Park.

The announcement of the giraffe calves comes after the recent opening of the new Tropical House at Fota Wildlife Park which is home to 3 reptile, 9 amphibian, 28 fish and 14 butterfly species all of which are new species to Fota Wildlife Park.  All of these species will be on display amongst 340 tropical plants at temperature of 26° Celsius all year round and adds a new indoor element to the Fota Wildlife Park experience.