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Step into September at Fota Wildlife Park

Step into September at Fota Wildlife Park

This Saturday the 15th of September is International Red Panda Day 2018 and Fota Wildlife Park are asking you to come and say goodbye to our twin male Red pandas, Koda and Lionel who will be leaving for Longleat Safari Park in the UK the following week. The twin males have been named in honour of the Irish rock band – Kodaline, who filmed their music video’s ‘Ready to Change’ at Fota last year and the location fees were donated to the Red Panda Forest Guardian Project in Nepal. The Red panda is officially classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered.

To raise awareness for this species during International Red Panda Day 2018 this Saturday 15th September Fota have devised the following events which are free with entry/admission:

• Wish Koda and Lionel “Bon Voyage” with a special feeding time and talk with their Ranger at 2 pm Sat 15th September
• Red Panda themed arts and crafts from 11 am to 2 pm and Red Panda themed face painting from 3 pm to 5 pm Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September in the Entertainment Marquee.
• Red Panda activity packs will be available at the Entertainment Marquee from 11 am on the Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.

World Rhino Weekend 22nd and 23rd September (World Rhino Day is Sat 22nd September)

During World Rhino Weekend at Fota Wildlife Park, we invite you to step inside the specially constructed Rhino House and to take a step closer to see how our two male Indian rhinos live, behave and how they interact with their Rangers who have devised talks and training demos that will run between 13.00 and 14.00 on Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd. There will also be a chance to win a yearlong Conservation Membership by guessing the weight of one of our Rhinos. (Rhino House, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September between 13.00 and 14.00)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear more about this species which is now considered vulnerable by the IUCN  - included with your entry/admission. Fota Wildlife Park is open daily from 10 am.

Also included with your entry/admission this September:

Daily Feeding Times:
10.45 Penguins
12.45 Cheetahs - Cheetah Run
2.15 Siamang Gibbons
3.30 Seals
4.00 Cheetahs - Cheetah Run
4.30 Penguins

Daily Wildlife Talks:
11.00 Visitor meet and greet inside Main Gates
11.30 Indian Rhino
12.00 Siamang Gibbon
12.30 Asiatic Lion
12.45 Cheetah Run
2.15 Siamang Gibbon
2.30 Red Panda (Asian Sanctuary)
3.00 Sumatran Tiger
3.30 Eagle & Seal
4.00 Cheetah Run
4.30 Penguin Feeding
5.00 Eagle & Seal
5.15 Giraffe Crossing

Activities in the Entertainment Marquee:
Arts and Craft 11 am – 2 pm – weekends only
Face Painting 3 pm- 5 pm -weekends only