7 Jul 2023

World class Wildlife Park celebrates 40 years at Fota Island, Cork

Residents and visitors to Cork are fortunate to have a top class wildlife park on their doorstep in Fota Wildlife Park, which celebrates 40 years of delighting visitors to Cork this year.

The park is home to 108 species and over 1000 animals, bringing new life to species in many instances with its highly acclaimed breeding programmes. Highlights include the cheetah programme which has seen 240 cubs born at the park, boosting their number. Also notable are sixty European Bison and Rothchild giraffes, while Ireland’s only Indian Rhino was joined by Sumatran tiger and Asian lion births.

In addition to a worthy contribution to the animal kingdom and Cork’s visitor offering, the Wildlife Park has a significant impact on the local economy. Visitors were approaching 500.000 with the park contributing over €70 million annually to the local economy. The majority come from the Munster area but may tourists board the convenient train from Cork City which stops right at the park, or avail of the ample on site parking.

Fota Wildlife Park is one of the many incredible attractions in Cork – see dedicated Cork travel site Pure Cork for more info –

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