Work has begun on a new Animal Care & Conservation Centre at Fota Wildlife Park that will house native and globally endangered species.
The project is supported by a significant investment by South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and will cost over €600,000 to develop onsite at Fota Wildlife Park
Head of Marketing at Fota Wildlife Park Stephen Ryan believes that this new facility could also prove beneficial to other tourism businesses in the East Cork area; he said “the new facility will extend our visitor season into the winter months and assist hotels in Cork etc. with marketing the Cork destination for winter breaks”.
Fota Wildlife Park is currently the most visited tourist attraction in the South West with 377,000 visitors in 2012 and research taken at the park has indication that the park has an annual economic benefit in the region of €167m to the Cork area.
Grant support of €200,000 is being provided by SECAD.