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Join our fun and educational International Tiger Day celebrations on Monday 29 July

Join our fun and educational International Tiger Day celebrations on Monday 29 July

Join our fun and educational International Tiger Day celebrations on Monday 29th July and help raise funds for Wild Cat Conservation Alliance.

Join the Rangers and staff of Fota Wildlife Park at the Asian Sanctuary on July 29th to celebrate International Tiger Day 2019. We will be celebrating the day with ‘Meet the Ranger’ talks, an informational and interactive stand run by the Education Department, tiger-themed arts, crafts and face painting throughout the day. There will also be an interactive quiz throughout the park, where you can scan QR codes to take part and test your tiger knowledge as you follow the tiger trail during your visit.

Our rangers will be giving two special tiger talks at 13.00 and 15.00 in the Tiger Forest and they will be on hand afterwards to answer any tiger related questions – all the activities planned during the day are in aid of the organisation Wild Cats Conservation Alliance, whose mission is to save wild tigers and Amur leopards for future generations by funding carefully chosen conservation projects. Visitors to Fota Wildlife Park can donate at any of the planned activities on the day.

All activities are included with your admission so please give generously to Wild Cat Conservation Alliance.

  • All day: Fun tiger trail quiz - scan the QR codes around the wildlife park to unlock the questions and test your tiger knowledge.
  • 13.00 & 15.00 – Ranger Talks at Tiger Forest – Meet a ranger from our Carnivore Team who look after the tigers.
  • 12.00 – 16.00 - Fun, informative and educational stand run by the Education Department at Tiger Forest
  • 11.00 – 13.00 - Tiger-themed Arts and Crafts – Activities Marquee – Asian Sanctuary
  • 14.00 – 17.00 - Tiger-themed Face Painting – Activities Marquee – Asian Sanctuary

International Tiger Day is an annual global celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues and is held every year on the 29th July. Fota Wildlife Park, a conservation charity whose mission is to be a leading contributor to the conservation of national and global biodiversity, is currently home to four Sumatran Tigers, one of the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world. The Sumatran tiger was classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2008.

Fota Wildlife Park has been home to Sumatran Tigers since 2014 and in the last two years the Park has experienced breeding success with the arrival of a female cub (Dharma) in May 2017.  In recent weeks, Dharma has been transferred to Edinburgh Zoo where it is hoped that she will become an integral part of their breeding programme. Dharma’s mother Dourga originally came from Le Parc des Félins in France and father Denar came from Warsaw City Zoo in Poland to Fota as part of the International Tiger Breeding programme. They now share the Tiger Forest with two other Sumatran tigers; Batak, came in 2015 from Zoo Parc de Beauval in France and Mayang, a female who arrived in 2017 from Safari Zoo in the UK.