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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.


Tours and Experiences Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park is a very special place, and you can see it in a whole new light when you take one of our exciting tour options. We offer a range of Educational Tours and Courses, as well as Guided Tours, Group Tours and Behind the Scenes Tours that let you in on several secrets about our fabulous animal residents. Find out what we offer below, and contact us to see how we can help you to discover Fota Wildlife Park for yourself.


Wild Experiences

A behind-the-scenes tour is a very popular choice for smaller groups visiting the Wildlife Park, and this can incorporate feeding and caring for some of our most popular animals, and finding out more about the habitats they live in. For example, your tour could include finding out what happens inside the giraffe house or how the Cheetah Run works. Popular options also include feeding our group of Humboldt penguins, whose antics have them firmly established as one of the species our visitors love best!

The Warden Experience at Fota

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Educational Tours and Courses

Fota Wildlife Park plays an important role in helping to educate more than 15,000 students every year, when they visit the Park as part of their primary, secondary or tertiary education programmes. Our mission focuses on conservation and global biodiversity, and our Education team are experts in making this accessible and fun for students of all ages and abilities to discover. Learning materials and content can be adapted to suit any requirements, and the exciting habitats and environments within the Park are perfectly suited to a practical exploration of these themes.

Our younger visitors are always excited to find out more about the animals they see as they explore the Park, and talking to the rangers about their daily experience of caring for the creatures here can help to develop their understanding of different species, as well as concepts such as extinction and habitats. Visiting various habitats, for example, and finding out which animals thrive within them, is a great hands-on way to understand why animals live in different places and what can happen when their habitats are threatened.

You can find out more about our full range of Educational Tours and Courses here, and remember that we are very happy to work with you to design a Tour or programme of study that will suit you and your students. You can contact our Educational Team to talk about the options for your tour, and we can help you to make the most of your visit.

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Guided Tours

Even if you are a regular visitor to Fota Wildlife Park, you will discover hundreds of interesting and exciting things when you take a guided tour with one of our experienced rangers. This is a great opportunity to get behind the scenes and understand more about the animals who live here, as well as finding out exactly what our rangers do.

You can choose a guided tour to suit you, depending on the length of your visit and who you are travelling with. For example, if you are bringing a group of young children to the Park, you might choose a one or two hour guided tour that takes you behind the scenes in the giraffe house and allows you to get involved with penguin feeding. This would offer exciting opportunities for the children to get up close with some of our most popular animals, learning about them and their habitats, and would be ideally suited to their ages and ability to concentrate. However, if you are visiting the Park with a group of adult learners, you might want to take part in a longer tour that involves more of our animal residents and engages on a deeper level with the ecological and environmental challenges we face. Our conservation and breeding programmes, for example, are a very important part of the work we do, and this can be incorporated into tours for older and higher level learners.

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Planning Your Tour At Fota Wildlife Park

Anyone who loves animals will relish the chance to explore the Park in a different way, finding out more about the creatures who live here and learning how to make a difference to endangered species in the future. A tour that demonstrates what our rangers do on a daily basis and allows visitors to meet residents of the Park is a unique opportunity to glimpse the reality of a career in conservation or animal care and to understand how rewarding this type of work can be. You may also wish to explore the Wild Experiences on offer at Fota Wildlife Park, as these offer a more in-depth view of this environment and enable you to get to grips with the way in which our conservation and breeding programmes work in conjunction with other Wildlife Parks and Zoos across Europe.

We can cater for groups of visitors from schools or other organisations, and we will always try to tailor our provision to suit the needs of each group. We can work with you to create a plan for your day, and we can help with all the practical details too, including providing hot meals and snacks on site during your visit if this is helpful to you.

Our staff are committed to making your Tour as rewarding as possible for you, and we have provision for groups arriving by bus, train or cruise ship. Whether you are planning a fun day out for an organisation such as a youth group, or you want to design a visit that will complement a zoology module for adult learners, simply contact us to discuss what we can offer you at tours@fotawildlife.ie.