Animals Blog

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…

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…