Animals Blog

Names of the four endangered Asian lion cubs announced after public competition concludes

Today the search for the names of the four endangered Asian lion cubs (Panthera leo persica) who were born at Fota Wildlife Park in February finally concluded. The Rangers at the Wildlife Park sifted through hundreds of names before finally selecting the names Ri, Riann, Rani and Ravi. The naming competition which was announced in April was won by Ian Twohig and Emma McCarthy both from Cork, Helen Cronin from Macroom, and Pamela Kent-Ryan from…

Say hello to two new critically endangered Black and White Ruffed lemur babies at Fota Wildlife Park

Say hello to two new critically endangered Black and White Ruffed lemur babies at Fota Wildlife Park Today Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of two Black and White Ruffed lemur babies (Varecia  variegatea) to mother ‘Cloud ‘who is seventeen years old and seven-year-old Fota-born dad ‘Paraic’. The baby lemurs were born on the 27th April after a gestation period of 102 days. The species is native to the tropical forests of…

Fota Wildlife Park welcomes the world’s slowest land mammal – the Sloth

Fota Wildlife Park, home to the world’s fastest land animal, tallest land mammal and largest flightless bird is now home the world’s slowest land mammal - the sloth. Named Matheo, the two-year-old male juvenile Linné’s Two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) was transferred from Wilhelma Zoo, Stuttgart, where he was born. Lead Ranger, Kelly Lambe said about the new arrival “We are thrilled to welcome Matheo to the collection of animals…

Fota Announces the birth of endangered Asian lion cubs

Today Fota Wildlife Park announced to the public the birth of four Asian lion cubs (Panthera leo persica) who were born on the 20th February to second time parents, mother Gira and father Shanto. The eight-week-old cubs were born along with a fifth cub who was stillborn. The new cubs join their parent’s first litter who are now one and a half years old – Amira, Arya and Loki and aunt Gita in their specially designed habitat in Fota Wildlife…

Fota announces the arrival of a new species to Ireland - the Drill

Fota announces the arrival of a new species to Ireland - one of Africa’s most endangered mammals - the Drill Fota Wildlife Park today announced the arrival of a pair of Drill monkeys (Mandrillus leucophaeus) as part of an international co-operative breeding programme, who came from Stuttgart Zoo, Germany in February. Drill monkeys are closely related to the Mandrills and Baboons and they are not commonly found in zoological…

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…