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Lots of Arrivals and Departures at Cork’s Fota Wildlife Park

Following a record year of 438,000 visitors in 2014, Fota Wildlife Park continues to expand with lots of new animals for the public to see this Easter as phase one of the Asian Sanctuary nears completion.

The East Cork attraction recorded a 20% increase in visitors in 2014 following the introduction of a new tropical house and the arrival of Dourga and Denar two Sumatran Tigers as part of phase one of their Asian Sanctuary development.  The two tigers however are no longer alone in the new development as they have now been joined in 2015 by Visayan Spotted Deer, Visayan Warty Pig and a troop of lion tailed macaques who have moved over from one of the islands at the other side of the wildlife park.

Visayan Spotted Deer Fota Wildlife Park being fed by Warden

“The addition of the pigs, deer and macaques will add to the excitement that the tiger forest created last year as it brings phase one to near completion, in addition people will see that work on phase two is also well underway which will see the arrival of Indian Rhino later this year” said Stephen Ryan, Head of Marketing at Fota Wildlife Park. The new Asian Sanctuary development which is situated on additional 27 acres at the Cork attraction is a €6 development that focuses on endangered species from South East Asia and its goal is to enhance the Wildlife Park enabling it to become an iconic international visitor attraction.

Of the three new species to join the Sumatran tigers the 3 Visayan spotted deer will be new to the people visiting Fota Wildlife Park. The Visayan spotted deer also known as the Philippine spotted deer, is a nocturnal and endangered species of deer located primarily in the rainforests of the Visayan islands of Panay and Negros.

The deer is small and short-legged with adults ranging from 125 to 130cm long from the head to the base of the tail, 70 to 80cm in shoulder height and 25 to 80kg in weight.  It is estimated that less than 2,500 Visayan spotted deer exist in the wild which makes them an endangered species on the IUCN (IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Natur) Red List.

The deer are not the only new animals to arrive at the park according to Mr Ryan “it has been a busy month here with the arrival of a female cheetah from Zoo Landau in Germany, A female spider monkey from Zoo De Doue La Fontaine in France, A female spider monkey from Chessington World of Adventure in the UK and 2 female Scimitar Horned Oryx from Dierenpark Planckendael in Belgium”. As well as the new additions the park has seen departures also with Lion Tailed Macaques moving to Belfast Zoo, two spider monkeys going to 2 separate zoos in the Netherlands and Setanta their 4 year old male giraffe headed off to Twycross Zoo this week.

Sadly there was one other departure this week for Fota Wildlife Park, popular Ring Tailed Lemur Maud who was well known for having 3 limbs following an unknown accident a few years back has passed away.  Maud who had just turned 22 years old died after getting a number of tumours on her kidneys that were inoperable.



We are sad to inform people that our popular Ring Tailed Lemur Maude who was well known for having 3 limbs passed away a...

Posted by Fota Wildlife Park on Thursday, 2 April 2015