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World Rhino Day Tuesday 22nd September

Today Fota Wildlife Park celebrates World Rhino Day with some fun facts, quizzes and video updates across our digital platforms. In previous years we used to fundraise by running ranger talks and asking our visitors to guess the weight of one of our Rhinos but this year we have gone online and we donating 100% of our web donations to the conservation charity, Save the Rhino (Savetherhino.org). To donate please go to…

Twin Female Red Panda Babies announced at Fota Wildlife Park

Twin Red Panda Babies announced ahead of International Red Panda Day on Saturday 19th  September Fota is calling on the public to help name the two new babies! Fota Wildlife Park today unveiled twin baby Red panda cubs who were born on the 13th June 2020 to mother Bonnie who is 9 years old and father Grga, aged two. The two female 14 week old cubs have only just started to venture out of their nest box in their habitat in the Asian…

Cheetah Cubs Born Summer 2020 Named

Fota Wildlife Park rangers have picked names suggested by the public for three Northern cheetah cubs (Acinonyx j. soemmeringii) born to mother Nimpy and father Sam this summer. The cubs, one male and two females were born on 10th June and have delightling visitors to the wildlife park, enjoying the mild weather playing together in the grass and on the logs of their habitat - in an area known as Cheetah Hill in Fota. The name chosen for the…

Fota Wildlife Park announces the birth of three endangered Northern cheetah cubs

Fota Wildlife Park announces the birth of three endangered Northern cheetah cubs, and they are calling on the public to help name them Fota Wildlife Park today announced the birth of three Northern cheetah cubs (Acinonyx j. soemmeringii) to mother Nimpy and father Sam. Fota is calling on the public to help name the cubs via an online survey below and are offering a chance to win one of three year-long Conversation annual passes to the Park.…

Announcing two new critically endangered Black and White Ruffed lemur babies

Today Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of two Black and white ruffed lemur babies (Varecia variegatea) to mother Cloud who is eighteen years old and eight-year-old Fota-born dad Paraic. The baby lemurs were born on the 6th June after a gestation period of 102 days. The new arrivals also share their island habitat on the main lake at Fota with their older twin brothers Nimbus and Cumulus who were born on May 5th last year. The species is…

Only Male Asiatic Lion born at Fota Wildlife Park moves to Poland

The only male Asiatic Lion born in Fota Wildlife Park this week moved to the Łódź Zoo in Poland to continue his contribution to the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP) for Asian lions. Loki, born on the 13th August 2017, was part of several firsts at Fota Wildlife Park, one of the first litter born to mother Gira and father Shanto, this litter were the first ever lions born at the wildlife park, and Loki was also the first…

Cheetah Cubs born on St. Patrick’s Day at Fota Wildlife Park Named

Following a public call out to suggest names for the three cubs born on St Patrick’s Day, March 17th in Fota Wildlife Park, all three male cubs have now been named. Rangers looking after the cheetahs at the park chose the three names from nearly 2,000 different entries.   The three winning names are, Gus, suggested by Muireann Mee from Mallow, Freddie suggested by Reiltin Tyan from Galway, and Billy suggested by Layla O’Connor…

Fota announce three Northern cheetah cubs born just before lockdown

Despite a recent Covid closure, breeding programmes and conservation work continued at the charity organisation which re-opened to the public last month Update - Submission form now closed - 22/06/20 Fota Wildlife Park, which re-opened its gates on the 20th May after an eight-week closure due to the Covid 19 restrictions, today announced the birth of three Northern cheetah cubs (Acinonyx j. soemmeringii) to mother Gráinne and father Sam.…

Suggest a Name Competition for Two Recent Colombian Spider Monkey Arrivals

At the end of January we announced the births of two baby Columbian Black Spider Monkeys (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris) to mothers Batty and Norma. The two babies have yet to be named and the Rangers at the park have decided to ask the public who are unable to visit the park at the moment to send in name suggestions. Lead Ranger Teresa said, ‘We’ve had a lot of messages and questions being sent into the park at the moment. We know it’s…

Birds of the Lake at Fota Wildlife Park

      Mallard Duck One of the most widespread of the species of duck in Ireland, the Mallard duck is often seen on the banks and in the waters of the lake at Fota Wildlife Park. The males, known as drakes, are beautifully coloured with striking green head, yellow bill and a white ring around the neck. The females are patterned brown with a dark stripe across the eye and whitish tail sides. Mallard ducklings can…