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Curlew Conservation in Ireland

The call of the Curlew has been immortalised in the famous poem, The Seafarer, which dates back to 1,000 AD, "I take my gladness in the... sound of the Curlew instead of the laughter of men" (Wildlifetrusts.org. n.d. ) The Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) is the only Irish bird on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (www.npws.ie, 2019). The curlew is a shorebird belonging to the genus Numenius (family Scolopacidae) and is easily…

Fota Wildlife Park announces birth of baby female European Bison

Fota Wildlife Park today announced the birth of a baby European bison (Bison bonasus) who was born on the 25th October. The five-and-a-half-week-old female baby bison was born to mother Blue and father Hyssop. Hyssop is the dominant bull of the herd and came to Fota from Port Lympne Reserve (UK) six years ago as part of the coordinated European Endangered Species breeding Programme (EEP). Classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for…

Ranger Grace Answers Your Lemur Questions

World Lemur Day is the last Friday of October every year to celebrate lemurs and spread world-wide awareness on the species and their conservation. All lemur species are found in Madagascar. The Island of Madagascar has lost 90% of its forest cover in the last 200 years. This has resulted in 80% of its animal and plant life being in danger of extinction.  Fota Wildlife Park, is home to three different species of lemur, Red-bellied…

International Sloth Day at Fota Wildlife Park

Today is International Sloth Day and we're thrilled to share this update from our ranger Julien about Matheo, our Linne's Two-toed Sloth in the park. We know some visitors have been missing him while the Tropical House has been closed, so Julien has answered some questions we get asked about the sloth. Watch below -     

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…