Get up close with creepie crawlies as Fota Wildlife Park hosts a Bug Bonanza Weekend

Fota Wildlife Park is hosting a special Bug Bonanza Weekend this Saturday and Sunday (August 19th and 20th) for insect lovers which will feature an array of rare and interesting invertebrates from around the world.

Lynda McSweeney, Head of Education at Fota Wildlife Park, said,

“I am delighted to welcome back our popular Bug Bonanza Weekend which provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of biodiversity and to learn about insects and how important they are to us all. Hosting this weekend would not be possible without the support of our colleagues in several organisations including University College Cork.

We look forward to engaging with the public and answering any questions they may have about invertebrates”.

Fota Wildlife Park zoologists and education team will display and give talks about the insects that are resident at Fota Wildlife Park and their place in global biodiversity. Don’t miss the extensive collection of preserved invertebrates from UCC, including the moth with the largest wingspan- the Atlas moth!

Visitors will also get the chance to get up close with some creepy crawlies and learn about their anatomy and adaptations with some of the zoologist team onsite.

The zoologists will answer various questions that have been bugging people about invertebrates, for example How do they eat? What do they see? Why are they so important from a biodiversity conservation point of view?

Test your knowledge of common invertebrates in Ireland with our “guess the bug” quiz and imagine life as an entomologist as you view insect anatomy under the microscope!

The Bug Bonanza will take place this weekend from 12noon to 5pm in the main Marquee at Fota Wildlife Park. Entry to the Bug Bonanza Events is included in the entry price to Fota Wildlife Park.

The Bug Bonanza Weekend is just one of several events which have been taking place at Fota Wildlife Park this summer to celebrate 40 years of Fota, four decades of conservation in action.

See more events –  Fota Wildlife Park events listings