The Wildlife Park on Fota Island has announced the birth of four endangered lion cubs.
The gender of the four lion cubs, born to mother Gira and father Shanto, is yet to be determined and they are unnamed but Fota Wildlife Park is looking for the public to help name the newest additions to the Lion population. The winning names will each be rewarded with a year-long pass.
There was a rare 5 cubs born in the litter but one, unfortunately, was stillborn.
Be a part of Fota Island history by entering a name suggestion for the new cubs here.
On Saturday, the Irish Times highlighted Fota Island resort and Wildlife parks as one of their chosen destination for getting in some last minute activity for the kids before they go back to school. Most significantly the article, which included destinations throughout the country, was headlined with an image from Fota Wildlife Park.
One of Cork’s most popular family attractions has welcomed an imposing new addition to Fota Island. Shanto is a male Asiatic lion who has arrived at Fota Wildlife Park from Spain, and joins the two female lions, Gita and Gira, who both arrived earlier in the year.
Fota Island was featured in a recent article by The Irish Post which listed it’s ten favourite islands off the Irish coast. With many of Ireland’s islands already popular tourist destinations in their own right such as the Aran Islands, there are a multitude of wonderful hidden and not-so-hidden gems to be discovered.
With the summer months upon us, The Irish Times in partnership with Discover Ireland have been running an interesting contest entitled ‘Best Day Out in Ireland‘ to discover Ireland’s most popular attractions, leisure experiences and outdoor venues. The competition was open to all readers of The Irish Times and received almost 2,000 entries.
The criteria for inclusion covered the whole island of Ireland, both north and south, with ‘days out’ ranging heritage experiences, outdoor activities, galleries, museums plus lots more. The contest received a whole catalogue of interesting, unique and brilliant-sounding suggestions One of the readers’ 50 favourite destinations was County Cork’s very own Fota Wildlife Park, the near neighbour of Fota Island Resort. This is what one reader, Cian O’Connor, had to say about the Wildlife Park:
“A wonderful day out for both adults and kids. A beautiful walk in the sun or rain with all sorts of exotic creatures to keep everyone entertained. Easily accessible by rail or car, and – for those of us lucky enough to live locally – very reasonable prices with the season pass.”
Fota Wildlife Park in Cork has welcomed a new baby tapir in the last few weeks and the folks at the park want your help in naming him.
You can suggest a name for the Tapir calf on their website and the winning name which will be announced next Monday (May 11th) will win a WILD EXPERIENCE at the park where they will spend time with the parks Head Warden behind the scenes.
It has been an eventful summer on Fota Island with so much happening including the introduction of The Asian Sanctuary at the Wildlife Park and, of course, the hosting of the Irish Open at the neighbouring Fota Island Cork Golf Club. However, one of the more significant events which was slightly overlooked was the birth of a red panda cub almost 3 months ago. The cute little redhead has being spotted on numerous occasions around the park with its mother Bonnie since the birth and has become a firm favourite with visitors to the Wildlife Park, Fota House and the 5 star Cork hotel and golf resort.