Taoiseach Enda Kenny visits Fota Island

Fota Island Resort is playing host to a weekend political “think in” for Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his party ahead of the resumption of the Dáil. Some of Ireland’s key government ministers and TD’s will be staying at one of the leading 5 star hotels in Ireland for their annual get together as they discuss and debate key issues before parliament recommences.

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Two new baby giraffes unveiled at Fota Wildlife Park

A few summers ago we in 2012 we noted how the impromptu birth of a baby giraffe later named Aoibheann stole the spotlight from what was to be the first public appearance of another baby giraffe Casey to the adoring public.

In August 2012 resident Rothschild giraffe Blaithin presenting for the first time her three week old calf, Casey, looked set to be the star attraction for visitors to Fota Wildlife Parks African Savannah that is until another giraffe Sapphire decided to give birth to Aoibheann in front of the assorted crowds, somewhat stealing the limelight from the original stars Blaithin and Casey.

Switch to present day and the same two adult giraffes involved in that dramatic day, Blaithin and Sapphire, are mothers again both having recently unveiled their latest assorted offspring (born within days of each other) to the crowds at the Fota Island based wildlife park last week. And unlike last time there were no surprises for the visitors to the popular park with the calves a male and a female having been born to their respective mothers Blaithin and Sapphire within 2 days of each other in late January.

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Bisons at Fota Wildlife Park

The recent birth of a baby bison was a cause for great excitement at Fota Wildlife Park.  But it left many wondering, “what exactly is a bison?”. We’ve done a little research and found that bisons are within the subfamily of Bovinae.  There are two extant and four extinct species recognised. Three of the extinct species were from North America with the fourth coming from parts of Western Europe and Central Asia. The surviving species can be found in North America mostly. The American bison is also known as the American buffalo.  Continue reading

Fota Wildlife Park Celebrates 30th Birthday with Carnival

The popular tourist attraction Fota Wildlife Park, celebrated its 30th Birthday with a summer carnival on June 23rd.

Fota Wildlife Park is a non profit organisation that has been supported by the people and for the people of Fota and Cork. UCC and Dublin Zoo came up with the idea for the park thirty years ago and since its humble beginnings, Continue reading

Bosco Comes to Fota

The Fota Wildlife Park Summer festival takes this year for 10 weeks (June 22nd until August 25th). Bosco is just one of the many exciting acts scheduled as part of the celebrations for Fota Wildlife Park’s impressive 30 years in business.

Speaking at the launch Stephen Ryan, Head of Marketing at Fota Wildlife Park said “30 years is a great milestone and we wanted to celebrate it with as many people as we can and that is why we have put together a line up of events that spans 10 weeks from June 22nd until August 25th”.

The carnival will have a 5,000 square foot marquee which can seat 500 people providing visitors with shelter from the rain and something the park was not able to overcome last year. Daily shows will run keeping visitors entertained during the summer months. Continue reading

Fota Wildlife Park to Celebrate 30 years in Business

On Thursday the 9th of May, the Pavilion in Cork acted as the host for the launch of Fota Wildlife Park’s Summer Carnival which will celebrate the popular attraction’s 30 years in business.

The return of popular children’s puppet Bosco was just one of the reasons behind the huge turnout for the launch. Magician Tony Baloney, mentalist Liam Sheehan and Cork Circus act Hakuna Matata also performed to the captivated audience.  Continue reading