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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…

Cheetah Cubs born on St. Patrick’s Day at Fota Wildlife Park Named

Following a public call out to suggest names for the three cubs born on St Patrick’s Day, March 17th in Fota Wildlife Park, all three male cubs have now been named. Rangers looking after the cheetahs at the park chose the three names from nearly 2,000 different entries.   The three winning names are, Gus, suggested by Muireann Mee from Mallow, Freddie suggested by Reiltin Tyan from Galway, and Billy suggested by Layla O’Connor…

Fota announce three Northern cheetah cubs born just before lockdown

Despite a recent Covid closure, breeding programmes and conservation work continued at the charity organisation which re-opened to the public last month Update - Submission form now closed - 22/06/20 Fota Wildlife Park, which re-opened its gates on the 20th May after an eight-week closure due to the Covid 19 restrictions, today announced the birth of three Northern cheetah cubs (Acinonyx j. soemmeringii) to mother Gráinne and father Sam.…

Suggest a Name Competition for Two Recent Colombian Spider Monkey Arrivals

At the end of January we announced the births of two baby Columbian Black Spider Monkeys (Ateles fusciceps rufiventris) to mothers Batty and Norma. The two babies have yet to be named and the Rangers at the park have decided to ask the public who are unable to visit the park at the moment to send in name suggestions. Lead Ranger Teresa said, ‘We’ve had a lot of messages and questions being sent into the park at the moment. We know it’s…

Birds of the Lake at Fota Wildlife Park

      Mallard Duck One of the most widespread of the species of duck in Ireland, the Mallard duck is often seen on the banks and in the waters of the lake at Fota Wildlife Park. The males, known as drakes, are beautifully coloured with striking green head, yellow bill and a white ring around the neck. The females are patterned brown with a dark stripe across the eye and whitish tail sides. Mallard ducklings can…

New Female Indian Rhino Maya Arrives at Fota

Fota Wildlife Park announces plans to breed Indian Rhino in the near future at the County Cork visitor attraction as part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP) Fota Wildlife Park today announced the arrival of a new seven-year-old female Indian Rhino, Maya, who arrived at the Park on the 23rd January from the French Zoo, Botanical Garden Branféré near Nantes. Maya was originally born in Rotterdam Zoo; she weighs almost…

Fota Wildlife Parks two Lion-tailed macaque babies have been named!

The two Lion-tailed macaque babies have been named after asking the public to suggest names for the two new arrivals after Christmas. Say hello to Ajay and Yoda! The babies were born to mothers Kelly and Lizzy and to father Mauzer. Nine-year-old Kelly gave birth on the 26th September and seventeen-year-old Lizzy gave birth on the 13th October after a gestation period of approximately six months - both babies are male and both mothers were…

Two baby Lion-tailed macaques are unveiled to the public at Fota

Fota announces the last two births of the decade at the Wildlife Park - two baby Lion-tailed macaques are now unveiled to the public Fota is calling on the public to help name the new baby macaques - enter via the form below and be in with a chance to win a yearlong Conservation Pass Today Fota Wildlife Park announced the birth of two Lion-tailed macaque babies born to mothers Kelly and Lizzy and to father Mauzer. Nine-year-old Kelly…

Fota Wildlife Advent Animals Calendar of Events - December 2019

We are running our annual ‘Advent Animals’ events every Sunday in December at Fota Wildlife Park. You can enjoy a special feeding time and informative talks from our rangers with a different featured animal each week. Starting Sunday, December 1st at 13.00 in the Tropical House there will be a special talk from our rangers on how the care for the tropical fish and other species in the specially heated and temperature-controlled…

The Golden Mantella

The Golden Mantella is a small poisonous frog which is bright yellow, orange or red. Native to Madagascar, these Critically Endangered frogs don’t croak! Instead, males attract females by a series of clicking noises. This bright yellow frog is known for attempting to eat anything that can fit in their mouth, even if the taste is repulsive.     One of the BIAZA top ten reptiles and amphibians most reliant on zoos, the Golden…