Animals Blog

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…

New baby female European bison born at Fota Wildlife Park

Today Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of a female European bison calf (Bison bonasus) who was born on Saturday 2nd June to first-time mother Red and father Hyssop. Fota Wildlife Park is now calling upon the public to name the calf and be in with a chance to win a yearlong Conservation Membership (see the form below to enter). The young calf joins the 13-strong herd including her father Hyssop who joined the herd four years ago…

Fota Wildlife Park announces the arrival of a new species - Roloway monkeys

Fota Wildlife Park announced that it has added two female Roloway monkeys to its primate faunal collection. The Roloway species is extremely rare, even more so than any ape species. It is one of the most critically endangered primates in Africa and it has been placed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. The species is on the edge of extinction and until now its ecology and biology remain almost unknown.…

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…