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Dharma’s First Birthday Party

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 subspecies is so vulnerable to extinction. To celebrate, Fota Wildlife Park will be holding a special event on her birthday, May 7th, the Bank Holiday Monday. 

Dharma’s birthday party is taking place in the Tiger Forest at 1 pm on the day (Monday 7th May) where she will be receiving some special treats prepared by our rangers. There will be a unique feeding, enrichment and wildlife talk on the Sumatran Tigers from Lead Ranger, Kelly Lambe. The special treats planned for Dharma’s special feeding promise to be a sight to be seen and Lead Ranger Kelly will have lots of information and interesting facts on the Sumatran Tigers and will be able to answer all your questions about the tigers here at Fota Wildlife Park.

 

Throughout the day our usual children’s activities at the Entertainments Marquee (located beside Tiger Forest) will be tiger-themed! With Tiger Arts & Crafts 11-2pm and Tiger Face Painting 3-5pm.

To date Fota Wildlife Park has donated €30,000 to wild tiger conservation, sponsoring 21st Century Tiger’s poaching prevention programme in Sumatra as part of their ongoing contribution to wild tiger conservation which earned the Park a Gold Award from 21st Century Tiger, which has since joined forces with the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) to become the Wildcats Conservation Alliance. There are as few as 300 to 500 individual Sumatran Tigers remaining in the wild. The Sumatran Tiger is Indonesia’s last tiger subspecies and it’s being pushed further and further towards extinction due to the devastation of their natural habitats, conflicts with humans including the clearing of forests for agriculture and the deadly trade that poachers purvey.