It’s the Weekend: Fota Wildlife Park, Co. Cork

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Fota Wildlife Park is a 100-acre wildlife park located on Fota Island, near Carrigtwohill, County Cork, Ireland. Opened in 1983, it is an independently funded, not-for-profit charity that is one of the leading tourism, wildlife and conservation attractions in Ireland.

The park had an attendance of 455,559 visitors in 2017, making it the eleventh most popular paid attraction in Ireland for that year. The park is home to nearly 30 mammal and 50 bird species. Some of the animals roam freely with the visitors, such as the ring-tailed lemurs and wallabies, while larger animals, including the giraffe and bison, live in paddocks with barriers that are intended to be unobtrusive for visitors to view the animals in a more natural environment. Fota Wildlife Park also has red pandas, tapirs, siamang gibbons and other types of animals.

If you are locals, or you are holidaying in the area and want to enjoy a special animal adventure, you can book a behind-the-scenes tour or experience to get even more out of your time. Whether you visit once or every day, you’ll want to find out more about the other excellent attractions and activities in this beautiful area.

fota wildlife park map


Dates and times available to book a max of 7 days in advance.

  • The maximum number of people for a booking is 15 people.
  • Incl. individuals from up to 2 other households OR max of 6 people from multiple households.
  • Abide by the current NPHET guidelines regarding gatherings outdoors at all times once you have arrived at Fota Wildlife Park.
  • You must arrive within your half-hour timeslot.
  • Dublin Zoo gift cards are not accepted at Fota.
  • Info on VIP/Wild Experiences bookings – click here.
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