Animals Blog

Stripes at Fota this Spring as new baby Brazilian Tapir announced

Fota Wildlife Park is calling on the public to help name the new baby Fota Wildlife Park today announced the birth of a new female baby Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), who was born on the 27th February 2019 to mother Maya and father Basil, bringing the Tapir group to six at the South American habitat in the County Cork Wildlife Park. The four-week-old baby Tapir has brown hair with white stripes which help camouflage her and these white…

Baby European Bison Born at Fota

Fota Wildlife Park today announced the birth of a female baby European bison, (Bison bonasus), who was born on the 4th January to mother Erika and father Hyssop. 17-year-old Erika is one of the founding members of the Fota herd, she originally came from the Skansen Foundation Zoo in Stockholm and this new calf is her 13th birth. Erica has over 50 grandchildren in various zoological institutions across Europe, all of them participating in the…

Seahorses unbridled at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park today announced the arrival of 12 Pot-bellied seahorses, (Hippocampus abdominalis), to the Tropical House at the 100-acre Park. The 12 seahorses came to the iconic Co. Cork visitor attraction from L’ Oceanográfic in Valencia, Spain on the 10th of January and are made up of seven males and five females, and this is the first time seahorses have lived at Fota Wildlife Park. The Pot-bellied seahorse is one of the largest…

Looking After Garden Birds During the Cold Spell

While our rangers have been working hard in the wildlife park looking after all the animals, we've also been making sure to check our bird feeders and you can do the same! During the cold weather, our garden birds need high energy food to keep them warm! BirdWatch Ireland have been encouraging people to put out food for the birds that visit their gardens and have put together a super handy to menu to make it easy to know what to feed them,…

Fota Wildlife Park announces the birth of four Northern cheetah cubs

Fota Wildlife Park announces the birth of four Northern cheetah cubs which are considered Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List ** Update -Congratulations to our four winners whose names Cleo, Calvin, Marcus and Darcie each won them a Conservation Annual Pass.** Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of four Northern cheetah cubs, two males and two females, who were born on the 12th November 2018 to mother Nimpy and father Claude who are both…

New male European Bison born at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of a male European bison calf (Bison bonasus) who was born on Tuesday 23rd of October to mother Nina and father Hyssop. The young calf joins the 15-strong herd including his father Hyssop who joined the herd over four years ago from Port Lympne as part of the European breeding program. Fota Wildlife Park is asking the public to suggest names for the new calf and to ultimately help pick the name for the…

Advent Animals - December 2018

We are running our annual ‘Advent Animals’ events every Sunday,(except Sun 23rd) in December again at Fota Wildlife Park. You can enjoy a special feeding time and informative talks from our rangers with a different featured animal each week. Join us from Sunday 2nd December at 13.00 when Advent Animals kicks off at the Lion-tailed Macaques habitat. Our rangers are preparing animal-friendly Christmas treats for a scatter feed for the…

Reptile and Amphibian Awareness Day 2018

This Sunday, 21st of October is Reptile and Amphibian Awareness Day and we invite you to the Tropical House at Fota Wildlife Park to learn more about the reptile species there, some of whom are endangered such as the Elongated Tortoise, Jamaican Boas and Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog during a special talk given by Ranger Julien Fonteneau at 1.30pm. This talk is included in admission to Fota Wildlife Park The Tropical House includes the…

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…

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…