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Conservation Blog

The Humble Dandelion

The Dandelion is one of the most populated plants in Ireland yet remains very unpopular with many gardeners who view it as a weed.  However, this little plant is a favourite with birds and some moth larvae and is an extremely important food for the early-flying insects in Spring, such as bees and some butterfly species.  The common name ‘dandelion’ originates from the French phrase: dent-de-lion, meaning "lion's tooth”. A…

Fota Wildlife donates to Sumatran Tiger Conservation

Fota Wildlife Park is thrilled to announced that to date, the Park has raised €47,500 for wild tiger conservation, donated to the WildCats Conservation Alliance, (formally 21st Century Tiger). The monies donated by Fota Wildlife Park are used to fund projects in Kerinci Seblat National Park, in the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The Kerinci Seblat National Park is one of the most important sites for tiger conservation on Sumatra, which is home…

Donation to Fota Wildlife Park’s Native Species Projects from Eagle Athletic Club

Many fans of Fota Wildlife Park will be familiar with the Eagle AC 5K ‘Cheetah Run’ race which has taken place in the park yearly since 2009 and has in recent years expanded to include a separate 1-mile fun run for younger runners. Usually an annual highlight event at the wildlife park, this year due to Covid-19, like so many events around the country, the races were unable to go ahead. As well as being a fun and uniquely set run, it is…

Prepare for Next Year’s Pollinators

Pollinators, especially bees, contribute at least €53 million to the Irish economy each year through their role in the production of crops like apples, strawberries, oil seed rape and much more. Healthy pollinators are also required to produce many of the fruits and vegetables grown in gardens across the country. Also, pollinators ensure that the countryside is full of colourful wildflowers that create the beautiful and unique Irish…

Wild Flowers Growing Here - Pollinators in the Park

In 2015 Ireland joined a small number of countries in Europe who have developed a strategy to address pollinator decline and protect pollination services. Sixty-eight governmental and non-governmental organisations agreed a shared plan that identifies 81 actions to make Ireland pollinator friendly between now and 2020. Implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is coordinated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and…

Fota joined Global Wildlife Conservation in funding the Saola Conservation Breeding Centre

Fota Wildlife Park Answered Call from the Saola Working Group to Help Save Asian “Unicorn” by donating a total of €20,000 since 2013 Fota Wildlife Park joined Global Wildlife Conservation and other Zoos and Wildlife Parks Worldwide in funding the critical Saola Conservation Breeding Centre Fota Wildlife Park last year donated €10,000 to the Saola Working Group as part of a worldwide coordinated call to fund the setting up of a…

August Bank Holidays events - Native Species Weekend and Big Bug Bonanza Day

  Native Species Weekend 5th & 6th Aug & Big Bug Bonanza Day 7th Aug Meet a selection of Ireland’s terrestrial and aquatic inhabitants at Fota Wildlife Park this coming August Bank Holiday. Your visit will include the free, interactive, informational and fun Native Species Weekend on the 5th and 6th of August, followed by the Big Bug Bonanza Day on the 7th August all included with your admission. The events will run in…

Sumatran Tiger Cub born at Fota Wildlife Park

A first for Fota Wildlife Park as one of the world’s most threatened species of tiger gives birth to a cub Fota Wildlife Park today announced the birth of a Sumatran Tiger cub which is one of the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world and was classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2008. The cub was born on the 7th of May to first time parents, five-year-old mother Dourga and…

Conserving Primates in Vietnam

Fota Wildlife Park is playing a key role in the protection of some of the most Endangered primates in the world in Vietnam through supporting local ethnic minority communities to conduct forest patrols. “Vietnam holds some of the rarest primates on the planet, with 5 of the top 25 most endangered species globally,” reports Dr Ben Rawson of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) Primate Conservation Programme. In recognition of this,…

Fota Home to Three of the Top Ten Most Endangered Amphibians

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which promotes the values of good zoos, parks and aquariums, has compiled a list of the top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from the aid of its members in the UK and Ireland. Three residents of Fota Wildlife Park’s Tropical House the mountain chicken, Axeloti and the Morelet’s leaf frog have all made it on to the list, which highlights some of the best examples of…