Upcoming & Daily Events at Fota Wildlife Park

Free Snake Talk

Free Snake Talk

We will have a special talk on snakes in our Tropical House with one of the wildlife park’s rangers, Julien Fonteneau at 1 pm on Saturday, the 17th March. Julien will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and explain more about our snake species, the Jamaican Boa and Dumeril’s Boa.

Click here for more.

Mar - Nov
24th - 4th

Daily Feeding Times 2018

10.45 Penguins

12.45 Cheetahs - Cheetah Run

2.15 Siamang Gibbons

3.30 Seals

4.00 Cheetahs - Cheetah Run

4.30 Penguins


  • Time: 12pm & 2pm
  • Location: Marquee outside Oasis Cafe
  • Booking: No booking required

Storytelling - Fionn and the Fianna

Storytelling - Fionn and the Fianna

Candlelit Tales presents Fionn and the Fianna; a lively, fun, interactive storytelling and music show, designed for children. Head on spellbinding journey with Fionn MacCumhaill, a golden-haired boy, born and raised in the wild! He grows up strong and cunning, defeating a fire-breathing menace to earn his place as the leader of the Fianna. This lawless band of vagabonds live for feasting, fun, and adventure. The stories they create live on to inspire magic in the hearts of all who hear them. Two shows taking place on Sunday 1st of April at 12pm and 2pm in the large marquee beside the Oasis Café. Show approximately 1hr. Feel free to come and go as you please. FREE WITH ADMISSION – No booking necessary.
4th - 6th

Easter Activity Camps 2018

Easter Activity Camps 2018

Fota Wildlife Park's Annual Easter Camp returns on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April.

The camps run from 10 am - 3 pm daily with different activities daily ranging from Easter arts and crafts, exclusive guided tours and exploring the springtime woodlands. 

The camps are suitable for children aged between 5 to 12 years of age and discounts are available for Fota Wildlife Park members and for groups of three children or more.

Please note activities vary day to day, if you wish to take part in all activities please book for the full 3 days.

For more information and to book please contact our Education Dept. at the number above or email education@fotawildlife.ie. For more click here.



Dharma’s First Birthday Party!

Dharma’s First Birthday Party!

Dharma the Sumatran Cub's first birthday party is taking place in the Tiger Forest at 1 pm on Monday 7th May where she will be receiving some special treats prepared by our rangers.

There will be a unique feeding, enrichment and wildlife talk on the Sumatran Tigers from Lead Ranger, Kelly Lambe. The special treats planned for Dharma’s special feeding promise to be a sight to be seen and Lead Ranger Kelly will have lots of information and interesting facts on the Sumatran Tigers and will be able to answer all your questions about the tigers here at Fota Wildlife Park.

Throughout the day our usual children’s activities at the Entertainments Marquee (located beside Tiger Forest) will be tiger-themed! With Tiger Arts & Crafts 11-2pm and Tiger Face Painting 3-5pm.

For more on Dharma click here.

Jun - Sep
1st - 30th

Wildlife Talks Summer 2018

Enjoy our educational and insightful talks throughout the Park daily. Free with your entry.

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

Jun 10 - Aug 9

Music in Community presents Summer Concert Series

Music in Community presents Summer Concert Series

Music in Community presents a Summer Concert Series in Fota Wildlife Park featuring a quartet from the Brandy Lane Orchestra with vocalists Aine Whelan or Keeva O’Mahony. The orchestra will perform a range of genres from well-known pop to rock anthems all of which have been given a classical twist in the relaxed atmosphere of the Park. Feel free to bring a picnic or a coffee, drop by if you are in the Park that day. Free with entry/admission. Music in Community is a Cork based organisation founded in 2014 to bring communities closer together, they deliver regular programmes in the Westgate Foundation and Marymount Hospice.

Concert dates are:
Sunday 10th June 
Thursday 12th July
Thursday 9th August

Each concert takes place from 12 noon to 3 pm. Weather permitting the concerts will take place outdoors at Cypress Lawn and promises to be a wonderful musical treat for all visitors to the Park, bring your picnic basket and make a day of it at Fota Wildlife Park this summer.

Brandy Lane Orchestra provides professional groups for a variety of public and private functions. They have performed at the Lusitania Commemoration Ceremony and concert which was attended by the President Michael D. Higgins, they have also performed at the Classics in the Park series of concerts in Fitzgerald’s Park, they also performed at a series of concerts at Camden Fort.

For these concerts a quartet from the orchestra will be performing works on their own and accompanying the soloists.

Áine Whelan is a vocalist who has toured throughout USA, Canada, Europe, UK and Ireland with international artists encompassing popular music, rock, country, folk and roots, jazz and musical theatre. She has twenty years experience of live performance and studio recording with artists such as Van Morrison, Nick Lowe, Donovan, Sharon Corr, Colm Wilkinson, Rebecca Storm and Brian Kennedy.

Keeva O’Mahony is a vocalist currently studying for her masters in Performance (Voice) at the CIT School of music under the direction of Mary MacSweeney. Keeva has performed at Lismore Opera Festival, Ballymaloe Grainstore, CIT Stack Theatre and other venues around Ireland. Keeva has performed in the Cork Operatic Society presentations of ‘Der Vampyr’ and ‘Faust’ in the Everyman and most recently in La Boheme at the Opera House Cork.
As a Violinist, Keeva has performed at the National Concert Hall, City Hall Cork, and internationally.

14th - 15th

Mad Scientist Weekend

Calling all young budding scientists, Fota Wildlife Park is hosting a Mad Scientist Weekend on July 14th and 15th in the marquee outside the Oasis Cafe from 12 to 4!
Join us for Mad Scientist Weekend Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th in the park! Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Tyndall Institute, Learn it - Inspiring the Creators of Tomorrow, and APC Microbiome Institute, will be joining our own 'mad scientists' for a fun weekend of science!
Experts from the Learn it LEGO® Education Workshops will be present to demonstrate their latest technologies and will provide participants with a fun and informative hands-on opportunity.

Fota's Education Team will be there to introduce your children to the magic of science and will provide them with opportunities to explore the wonders of water, light, and magnetism, among others!

Jul 15 - Aug 26



Bikram Yoga Cork returns to Fota Wildlife Park to bring a flowing and gentle class of Yin inspired Yoga suitable for all levels on four Sundays in July and August – the classes are suitable for all of the family however under 16’s must be accompanied by a guardian at all times. Mats and all equipment will be provided. The classes are including in the entry price; however, booking is essential – link to register is below. There is a choice of 12 noon or 2 pm class - each class is 1 hour in duration and it will be held outdoors at Cypress Lawn.

Yoga@Fota dates:

15th & 29th July
12th & 26th August

Registration link here.

Jul 21 - Aug 19

Blue Imagination Playground

Blue Imagination Playground

The Blue Imagination Playground, a breakthrough playspace concept designed to encourage child-directed free play will come to Fota Wildlife Park for three weekends over the summer. The premium quality big blue foam blocks of various shapes – squares, channel chutes, connectors and more – enable children to have hours of fun. The Blue Playground will be based outdoors on Cypress Lawn from 11 am to 5 pm and is suitable for children aged 2 – 12 years of age – however, children must be supervised by a guardian at all times. The dates are:

16th and 17th June
21st and 22nd July
18th and 19th August

28th - 29th

Native Species Weekend

Yearly return of the hugely popular Native Species Weekend run by Fota's Education Department. Meet a selection of Ireland's terrestrial and aquatic inhabitants!


International Tiger Day 2018

International Tiger Day 2018

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 Ranger -Tiger Forest
12 noon – 16.00 Fun, informative and educational stand run by the Education Department -Tiger Forest
11 – 13.30 Tiger Themed Arts and Craft – Activities Tent
14.00 – 17.00 Tiger Themed Face painting – Activities Tent

11th - 12th

Bug Bonanza Weekend

Big Bug Bonanza Day,  due to its popularity, has now become Bug Bonanza Weekend - run by Fota's Education Department.

Aug 22 - Aug 22

Art Workshops with John Flynn

Art Workshops with John Flynn

Visual artist John Flynn has devised a series of animal and bird themed Summer Art Workshops suitable for children from 5 to 12 years of age. Each workshop is approximately 45 minutes long and is included with entry or admission however booking is essential - registration link is below. The workshops will be held in the main Marquee, materials will be provided and there is a choice of the 12 noon or 2 pm workshop. Children must be supervised by their guardian always.

Summer Art Workshop dates:

Sunday 24th June
Wednesday 25th July
Wednesday 22nd August

Registration essential here.




International Red Panda Day 2018

International Red Panda Day 2018

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 (they will leave for Longleat in the UK shortly)
• 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.

22nd - 23rd

World Rhino Weekend

World Rhino Weekend

Ranger to give a special talk and training demo at the Rhino House between 13:00 and 14:00 Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd.

Guess the weight of the Rhino to be in with a chance to win a yearlong Conservation Membership.

(In celebration of World Rhino Day 22nd September.)

Oct - Nov
31st - 2nd
  • Time: 10am - 3pm daily
  • Location: Fota Education Complex
  • Booking: 021 4812678 ext 206

Halloween Activity Days 2018

Halloween Activity Days 2018Halloween themed activity days with our Education Team at Fota Wildlife Park.


Time: 10am-3pm

Cost: €28 for single day / €75 for 3 days

Age Group: 5-12 years

Drop off/Collection point: Fota Education Centre



(Please Note, different activities each day)



BOOKING LINE: 021 4812678 ext 206

***Limited Availability***

  • Time: 13.00
  • Location: Asian Sanctuary

Advent Animals - Lion-tailed Macaque

The first of our Advent Animals.

Sunday 2nd Dec at 13.00 – Scatter feed and talk at the Lion-tailed Macaques in the Asian Sanctuary.

Full details on our Advent Animals series on the blog

  • Time: 13.00
  • Location: Asian Sanctuary

Advent Animals - Asiatic Lions

Sunday 9th Dec at 13.00 - Scatter feed and talk with Ranger at the Asiatic Lions

Full details on our Advent Animals series on the blog.

  • Time: 13.00
  • Location: Giraffe House

2018 Advent Animals - Rothschild Giraffe

Sunday 16th Dec at 13.00 – Festive feeding and talk at the Giraffe House

Full details on our Advent Animals series on the blog.


24th - 26th

Fota Wildlife Park Closed

Fota Wildlife Park Closed

To all our members and visitors  - Season's Greetings!

Please note that we close for three days over the Christmas period - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day, and we will be open again on the 27th December at 10 am. We look forward to welcoming you then!