Animals Blog

Dharma’s First Birthday Party

Last May was the birth of Fota Wildlife Park first Sumatran Tiger cub, a female named Dharma, born to mom, Dourga. The Sumatran Tiger species is one of the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world and is classed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Dharma’s birth was a landmark birth for Fota Wildlife Park as not only was it the first time that a tiger has been born in Fota, but because this…

Phantasmal Poison Dart Frogs at Fota Wildlife Park

Have you seen the Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog in Fota Wildlife Park's Tropical House? This tiny frog makes it home on the Western slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes and secretes a venom through its skin that's so deadly just touching it can kill you. The minuscule frogs measure only 4 tenths of an inch.  The tiny frogs are part of a group of diverse amphibians known as poison dart or Poison Arrow frogs a description coined by Amazon…

Big Cat Update from Fota Wildlife Park

The world’s big cat populations are declining at alarming rates due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade. The scale of the problem is distressing, for example in the last 100 years Asia’s wild tiger range has shrunk by 93% and 40% of that happened in the past ten years (21stcenturytiger.org). Fota Wildlife Park partakes in cooperative breeding programmes, which are an essential safeguard against…

Frog Updates - World Frog Day

Today, March 20th is World Frog Day and here at Fota Wildlife Park we wanted to tell you a little bit more about two of the Critically Endangered frog species in our Tropical House. First up, is the Mountain Chicken Frog. These frogs recently moved into a new enclosure in the Tropical House, featuring a waterfall and rain machine.     One of the world’s largest frogs, with adult females growing up to 21 centimetres(!)…

Snake talk Patricks Day in the Tropical House

If you are looking for a wild day out that’s away from the crowds and the noise of the parades then check out Fota Wildlife Park this St. Patricks Day! We will have a special talk on snakes in our Tropical House with one of the wildlife park’s rangers, Julien Fonteneau at 1 pm on Saturday, the 17th March. Julien will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and explain more about our snake species, the Jamaican Boa and Dumeril’s…

Conservation tips and information on Hedgehogs

At this time of the year one of Ireland’s most distinctive mammals, the hedgehog will awaken from its winter slumber. The hedgehog was named because of its peculiar foraging methods while rummaging in the undergrowth, it emits pig-like grunts—thus, the name hedgehog! The hedgehog's main line of defence is the possession of spikes which cover all of the upper body with the exception the face, chest, belly, throat and legs which are covered…

Squirrel Appreciation Day -Sunday 21st January 2018

Fota Wildlife Park is home to many native species as well as the more exotic animal species–one of which is the Red squirrel which is abundant in the Wildlife Park and is also easily spotted at this time of year. The Red squirrel is dependent on woodland as a habitat -so Fota is a perfect setting for this native animal. This species has been present in Ireland since the ice ages and they are widespread throughout the island, however, there…

Advent Animals - Sundays in December 2017

Due to its popularity last year we will be running more ‘Advent Animals’ events every Sunday,(except Christmas Eve) 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 in the Asian Sanctuary this Sunday 3rd December at 13.00 when Advent Animals kicks off at the Lion-tailed Macaques habitat. Our rangers are preparing…

Twin Red Panda Cubs are Named!

Since we unveiled the birth of our male Red Panda twin cubs a couple of months ago and called on the public to suggest names, we’ve received hundreds of entries. Today we are delighted to announce that the names Koda and Lionel have been chosen by our Rangers to celebrate that Irish rock band, Kodaline recently filmed their new music video ‘Ready to Change’ at Fota Wildlife Park, and the video location fees have been donated to the Red…

Fota Wildlife Park announce the arrival of a baby Brazilian Tapir

Fota Wildlife Park are asking you for your help to name a male Brazilian Tapir calf born on the 13th September to mother Maya and father Basil. For the chance to win a year-long Conservation Membership to Fota Wildlife Park, members of the public can suggest a name for the calf on their website. The young Tapir calf will join a four-strong herd including brother Thiago who is 2 ½ years old and sister is Sofia, 16 months. The Brazilian Tapir…