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Early opening to accommodate families living with Autism Thursday 23rd Aug 8am -10am

Fota Wildlife Park will open early to accommodate families living with autism and who may have difficulty with large crowds - from 8 am to 10 am on Thursday 23rd August. The following facilities will be available for this early opening: Gates, gift shop and restaurants open from 8 am The train will run from 8.15 am - 10 am (no whistle) Please remember that animals can be unpredictable and loud creatures at times, particularly the…

Fota Wildlife Park celebrates turning 35 years old with a Summer Series of Events this coming season

(PLEASE NOTE - SUMMER EVENTS ARE ALL INCLUDED WITH YOUR ADMISSION PRICE /TICKET ON THE DAY OF EVENT) The stage is set this summer at Fota Wildlife Park for a series of fun and educational events to celebrate the Park’s 35 years in existence as one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. Fota Wildlife Park, a not for profit organisation, opened its gates in June 1983 as a zoological Park serving the core values of conservation, education,…

The Running Fireman Alex O’Shea launches the annual Cheetah Run

Fota Wildlife Park and Eagle Athletic Club announce Thursday 17th May as the race date, registration will open on Thursday 3rd May. Fota Wildlife Park, Co Cork, 25th April 2018 -  Alex O’Shea, better known as the Guinness Book of Records holding “Running Fireman” today helped launch the annual Cheetah Run which is hosted by Fota Wildlife Park in conjunction with Eagle Athletic Club. The Cheetah Run, a race run over 5 kilometres…

Fota Wildlife Park to reopen tomorrow 5 March

Fota Wildlife Park will reopen to the public tomorrow Monday 5th March. Thanks to our expert animal staff who looked after all our animals during the recent snowy weather conditions. (Image credit Willie Duffy)  

Fota Wildlife Park Saddened by the Loss of Dr. Martin O’Grady

It was with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of one of our Board members, Dr. Martin O'Grady. Martin proved to be a highly inspirational and innovative contributor to this role. He will be sadly missed by the management and board of Fota Wildlife Park and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family.

Seasonal Opening Hours

To all our members and visitors  - Season's Greetings! Please note that we although we are open all year round, we do close for three days over the Christmas period - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day, and we will be open again on the 27th December at 10 am. We look forward to welcoming you then! Photo credit: Phil Greaves

Fota Wildlife Park is the location in Kodaline’s new music video track ‘Ready to Change’

Fota Wildlife Park is the location in Kodaline’s new music video track ‘Ready to Change’ which was released today 100% of the location fees from filming have been donated to the Red Panda Forest Guardian Project in Nepal   Fota Wildlife Park today announced it featured as the video location for Kodaline’s track ‘Ready to Change’ from their new EP ‘I wouldn’t Be’ which was released today by Sony Music. The music…

Positive Ageing Week at Fota Wildlife Park

To celebrate Positive Ageing Week which runs from Monday 25th September to Sunday 1st October 2017 we are offering our senior visitors a special discount of €8.00 per person (normally €11.50) plus a free round trip on our tour train. The tour train runs daily from 11.30am until 5.15pm – and is subject to seating availability. The Savannah and Oasis Cafes will also offer per person a free cup of tea with every spend over €5.  The…

Halloween and Mid Term Events

Looking for something different this Halloween? Fota Wildlife Park is running a camp for 5-12-year-olds from Wednesday, November 1st to Friday, 3rd November inclusive! Each of the three days offers participants a variety of fun nature based activities delivered by experienced professional facilitators in a unique environment! From exploring woodlands to learning about Fota’s animal family – every day will be an adventure! Prepare to be…

Autumn Schedule of events at Fota Wildlife Park

As the summer season has almost ended, we are looking forward to an exciting Autumn at Fota Wildlife Park. The Entertainment Marquee (which runs free arts and crafts and free face painting for our younger visitors) and the Wildlife Talks Team schedule will be updated as follows: Daily talks and activities will end on Wednesday 30th August but will return each weekend until the 5th of November.  Additional activities are scheduled to take…