Fota Wildlife Park at 40 Celebrations

Oh what a few days it has been here at Fota Wildlife Park. Now that we are officially 40 years old we’re able to draw breath and say a HUGE thank you to those who helped us celebrate the weekend and to those who have contributed so much since we opened in 1983, including UCC who donated the use of 72 acres on what was to become Fota Wildlife Park as part of the Zoological Society of Ireland in the early 1980’s.

Fota Wildlife Park would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and the Gaeltacht for the speech he gave on Friday and thank you to the OPW for attending our official celebrations. The new Education, Conservation and Research Centre, which is co-funded by the OPW will be opening this coming November, to replace the current Education complex.

We were delighted to welcome David Stanton, TD, Cllr Anthony Barry for the County Mayor, Cobh and Harbour Chamber, Cork County Council, Pure Cork, CCB, SECAD, Fota Resort (tag Fota Collection as the Kingsley were also there), Fota House, Cork Truck Services, Trigon Hotel Group, Castlemartyr Resort, and the many others who came to help us celebrate Fota At 40!

Finally, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Board of Governors and the founding members who have shown unwavering dedication and put in immense effort over the past four decades. Their guidance has been instrumental in steering Fota Wildlife Park on its mission of conservation, education, and research.


Keep an eye on Fota Wildlife Park social channels and our website for upcoming events celebrating Fota at 40!