Animals Blog

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

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

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

Join the Rangers and staff of  Fota Wildlife Park at the Tiger Forest on Sunday 29th July to celebrate International Tiger Day 2018 as there will be special feeding times and talks, an informational and interactive stand run by the Education Department and tiger-themed arts, crafts and face painting throughout the day. Our ranger will give two special enrichment feedings and 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.  Wild Cats Conservation Alliance is the culmination of merging two well-respected wildlife funding programmes; 21st Century Tiger and the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) in 2018.

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 five 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 only 2014 and in those four years the Park has been successful in breeding and has seen the arrival of the female cub Dharma, now over one year old, in May 2017. 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, a four-year-old male that came in 2015 from Zoo Parc de Beauval in France and Mayang, a five-and-a-half-year-old female who arrived last year from Safari Zoo in the UK.

Sunday 29th July is International Tiger Day at Fota Wildlife Park – all activities are included with your admission so please give generously to Wild Cat Conservation Alliance.

13.00 & 15.00 – Special enrichment feeding and talk from a Ranger  -Tiger Forest
12 noon – 16.00 -  Fun, informative and educational stand run by the Education Department -Tiger Forest
11 am – 13.30 -  Tiger-themed Arts and Crafts – Activities Tent
14.00 – 17.00  - Tiger-themed Face painting – Activities Tent