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Following the most recent Government announcement Fota Wildlife Park is set to re-open on the 26th April.

On-line booking pages will re-open on the 19th April.


Fun Family Days Out Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park is a fantastic day out for all the family, and you won’t want to miss it when you’re visiting Cork! There’s something for everyone, so whether you’re searching for outdoor activities, children’s holiday camps, or even just a great place to spend a sunny weekend, you’ll love the opportunities and the atmosphere at Fota.


If you or your children have a favourite animal, Fota Wildlife Park is the perfect place to observe it in a habitat carefully designed to promote biodiversity and encourage natural behaviour.

We are proud to be working hard to conserve and protect thousands of species of animal and plant life for the future, and we offer many educational experiences so that we can pass on this understanding to new generations.

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Fota Conservation and Breeding Programmes

In the last six years, we’ve been investing in developing an exciting new area spanning 27 acres, focusing on Asian animals and plants. The Tiger Forest is the first part of this development, and we are fundraising to enable us to create new areas of Asian Wetlands and Plains in the future.

Fota Wildlife Park plays an important part in maintaining diverse and endangered species across the world, and our breeding programmes add an important dimension to our work. We work in conjunction with conservation zoos and safari parks across Europe to ensure that important animal species are protected, and you can find out more about this role when you talk to our expert rangers.


Spot The Film Stars

ring tailed lemursIf your children love films about animals, they’ll enjoy finding the real animal versions of their favourite animations throughout the wildlife park at Fota. See if they can spot King Julien’s relatives from Madagascar on a Monkey monkey Island, and look out for Marty and Melman’s cousins, who make their home on our African Savannah.

If you are fans of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, you’ll find Aslan’s family and friends in our pride of Asiatic lions, and you can visit our very own Elvis in the Seal habitat, which is linked to Cork Harbour! This is the perfect location for our sea creatures as it makes the most of the estuarine environment and provides an ideal feeding ground. Our entertaining Humboldt penguins make their home here, too, and these super swimmers have proved to be one of our most popular animal species.


Planning Your Fun-Filled Family Day

Children and adults alike will enjoy exploring Fota Wildlife Park aboard our Park Tour Train, and we have several locations around the park that are ideal for enjoying a picnic or an ice cream. Children of all ages will love to discover the many playgrounds around the Wildlife Park, and you can buy duck food so that they can feed our residents ducks! ! (Did you know that the money raised from this duck food goes to Madagascar Pochard Conservation Fund? The Madagascar pochard is so rare that it was once believed to be extinct.) We do ask, however, that you do not attempt to feed any of our other animals, as they have very specialised diets and this could be very dangerous for them.

You can take your time wandering through the Wildlife Park, visiting each sanctuary or enclosure at your own pace. Discover the secrets of the Tropical House and admire beautiful Fota Island as you learn more about the diverse and intriguing species that live here.


What’s On Offer For Children At Fota Wildlife Park?

Here at Fota, we welcome families, and especially children, to enjoy the environment and find out more about the amazing range of wildlife we support. We love to encourage enthusiastic learners, and we will always take the time to talk with our young visitors about the work we do.


Kid’s Activities

kids activities at fota

Join in with any of the events and activities we have running such as our daily face painting and arts and crafts in our activities tent, or Yoga@Fota for all the family or one of our free concerts or art workshops (see the blog for details). Check out our daily timetable for Wildlife Talks that will help you to learn more about our amazing residents. For example, our Cheetah Run offers a rare chance to see how fast a cheetah can race as the Cheetahs are fed twice daily, and you can watch the penguins, Siamang Gibbon and seals being fed at specific times each day. Find out more about what we offer throughout the year, and plan your visit today. 

*Seasonal schedule, contact us through the website or call us on +353-21-4812678 if you need to check whats on throughout the year.


Fota Babies

cheetah cubs

Children love to find out about the baby animals we’ve welcomed to Fota Wildlife Park, and you can see many of them here. Conservation and breeding programmes are a central part of our work: we’ve welcomed more than 200 baby cheetah cubs since 1985, and you’ll fall in love with our baby gibbons and giraffes! You can meet our mothers and babies in their habitats throughout the park, and don’t forget that you can pick up a soft toy version of your favourite animal in the Serengeti Gift Shop before you leave.


School Tours

Here at Fota Wildlife Park, we welcome School Tours throughout the year, and we offer programmes that cater for all age groups. We can design a day that introduces students to our animals and to our conservation and biodiversity programmes, and we pride ourselves on making learning fun! We also offer exciting Summer and Halloween Camps, which combine fun activities with unique learning opportunities for all ages and abilities, so you can ensure that your child has an experience that he or she will remember forever. See our School Tours page for more information.


VIP Family Experience

Do you dream of giving your children a day out that they will never forget? Our VIP Family Experience is a unique way to visit Fota, with your own personal guide to take you on a fascinating VIP Tour. You can get behind the scenes, help with animal feeding and find out more about the animals we care for. This is a truly special day for families, and anyone over the age of three can take part. This experience is offered year round for families of up to six people, and includes an experience certificate. Find out more about our amazing VIP Family Experience here, and book your family in for a treat today!


Ask Larry Lemur

Fota is a fascinating place, and our resident expert, Larry Lemur, is on hand to answer any questions your children may have, before or after your visit. You can find the questions that other children have sent in to Larry, and read his fascinating answers here. Simply contact Larry using the form provided, or email him at larry@fotawildlife.ie