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Happy Birthday to Finn the Giraffe

2nd Birthday Celebrations for Finn the Giraffe at Fota Wildlife Park

On Sunday 4th of July Fota Wildlife Park are going to be holding a birthday party for Finn the youngest male giraffe at the park who will be two.

Finn was born on the 4th of July 2008 and was the cause of much celebration at Fota Wildlife Park similar to scenes at the park in April when his younger sister Aoife was born. "This is the second birthday party we have had for Finn, last year's one drew a very big crowd as the giraffes at the park are extremely popular with the public, what makes this year so special is that Finn will be joined by his 3 month old sister Aoife" added Stephen Ryan spokesperson for the Park.

Roisin like all giraffe mothers gave birth to Finn whilst standing and so, the first experience the little calf had was a 6ft drop to the ground. However the park have no plans to give him any birthday bumps to remind him of the fall.

To celebrate Finn becoming the big 2, the park is hosting a week of activities including storytelling, arts and crafts and talks leading up to the celebrations on Sunday afternoon. The staff in the park will be helped in the celebrations by the Unity Drums team who will be beating out the sounds of Africa with a drumming workshop from 12 until 4pm.

Commenting on the event Stephen Ryan added that "this is going to be a great day at Fota, We are getting a special birthday cake for him and getting everyone to sing happy birthday outside the giraffe house at 4.30pm". The park are also asking kids to send in handmade birthday cards to Finn which will be displayed on the day.

Finn is the youngest male Rothschild giraffe at Fota Wildlife Park, which are one of nine races of giraffe found in Africa. The Rothschild Giraffe are exterminated from much of their former habitat, they can now be seen in western Kenya and eastern Uganda.

The park is also giving children a chance to see Finn and Aoife up close this summer as part of their annual kids camps. The kids camps which take place over 5 weeks between July and August cost €95 per child include a behind the scenes tour of the Giraffe House, bookings can be made through Fota Wildlife Parks education department email education@fotawildlife.ie or call 021 4812678 ext 206.

Full details on the Fota Wildlife Park Kids Camp are available here