Animals Blog

The Golden Mantella

The Golden Mantella is a small poisonous frog which is bright yellow, orange or red. Native to Madagascar, these Critically Endangered frogs don’t croak! Instead, males attract females by a series of clicking noises. This bright yellow frog is known for attempting to eat anything that can fit in their mouth, even if the taste is repulsive.     One of the BIAZA top ten reptiles and amphibians most reliant on zoos, the Golden…

Guinea Fowl Chicks Move in with Elongated Tortoise

Have you spotted some new and unusual residents in the Tropical House this October? There are currently nine Guinea Fowl chicks who have moved in with the Elongated Tortoises at the wildlife park.  The rangers had kept track of when the chicks were due. Keeping an ear out for an activity, Ranger Jess heard the hatchlings and took them to the back of the Tropical House, where the rangers had already prepared a new home for them. Not all…

Fota announces the birth of a male Rothschild’s giraffe calf and wants your help to name him.

Today Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of a male Rothschild’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), born on 14th September to mother Sapphire and first-time father Ferdie and Fota are asking the public to help name the calf through the form below. Mother, Sapphire, who came to Fota from Edinburgh Zoo in 2004, has given birth to six surviving calves and is 17 years of age. Ten year old Ferdie who is the father, arrived to Fota…

New Male Sumatran Tiger Cub Named

The 'D' name chosen by our rangers is Dash! Suggested several times, the winning entry was submitted by Nick Sharp, who has won a Conservation Annual Pass to Fota Wildlife Park. Nick's daughters Dorothy and Heidi came up with the name. Sumatran tigers first arrived at Fota Wildlife Park in 2014 as part of the European Endangered Species programme (EEP). Mother Dourga originally came from Le Parc des Félins in France and father Denar from…

Give us your best ‘D’name at the Tiger Forest

Earlier this month we announced the birth of a Sumatran Tiger cub, which is one of the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world, born in the park on the 25th June. The male cub is the second cub of eight-year-old mother Dourga and father, Denar, who is seven years of age. The rare Sumatran Tigers were classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2008. We are now asking visitors to our…

Join our fun and educational International Tiger Day celebrations on Monday 29 July

Join our fun and educational International Tiger Day celebrations on Monday 29th July and help raise funds for Wild Cat Conservation Alliance. Join the Rangers and staff of Fota Wildlife Park at the Asian Sanctuary on July 29th to celebrate International Tiger Day 2019. We will be celebrating the day with ‘Meet the Ranger’ talks, an informational and interactive stand run by the Education Department, tiger-themed arts, crafts and face…

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…