Animals Blog

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…

Competition to Name First Lion-tailed Macaque Born in Over Four Years at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park today announced the birth of a Lion-tailed macaque baby (Macaca silenus) on 23rd July to mother Tish and father Mauzer under the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The Lion-tailed macaque is one of the most endangered of the Asian primate species and is listed in the Red Data Book (IUCN 2003). The new mum is 11-year-old Fota-born Tish, who is one of the dominant females in the troop, and this is her second baby.…

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

Join our fun and educational International Tiger Day celebrations on Sunday 29th July and help raise funds for Wild Cat Conservation Alliance Join the Rangers and staff of  Fota Wildlife Park at the Tiger Forest on Sunday 29th July to celebrate International Tiger Day 2018 as there will be special feeding times and talks, an informational and interactive stand run by the Education Department and tiger-themed arts, crafts and face…

World Snake Day 2018 at Fota Wildlife Park

The Jamaican Boa is only found in Jamaica and is the island’s largest, native, terrestrial predator.  Residing within tropical rainforest, plantations, and wetlands, Jamaican Boas will bask in the early morning to increase body temperature, and will spend most of the day hidden away in dense vegetation or tree holes, rock crevices or burrows.  Mostly nocturnal, they’ll reside within the tree canopy remaining still, ready to…

Fota’s Most Famous Primate Passes away - RIP Ol’ Blue Eyes

On Saturday 7th July one of the oldest Spider monkeys ever recorded, Ol’ Blue Eyes, died at the very old age of 48 and ½ years. Rangers and staff at Fota Wildlife Park were heartbroken to learn that she passed away from a brief age-related illness on Saturday morning - as she was one of the best-loved and well-known residents. Ol’ Blue Eyes originally came to Fota Wildlife Park from Chester Zoo in 1993. The average life expectancy of a…

Baby Boom at Fota - three Scimitar-horned Oryx calves and two European bison calves born recently

Fota Wildlife Park is currently enjoying something of a baby- boom in the hoof stock section - which looks after all the ruminants such as the giraffe and zebra - we are delighted to announce that five new calves, two female European bison (Bison bonasus) and three Scimitar-horned Oryx (Oryx dammah), two females and a male, have been born since the beginning of the month. These two species are important to the conservation work that the…