What sets this park apart is immediately obvious as you enter the gates and see a herd of lemurs flocking around the cafeteria area. This park is one without bars, a place that is as close to being in the natural habitat as you can get in Ireland. There are half a dozen or so islands with all sorts of monkeys and apes. If you are a bird-lover, then you will be pleased by the gigantic selection of birds, particularly waterfowl, from all over the world. There are also several pens that hold cheetas, beautiful and graceful predators. These pens of course are a little more sturdy than those for the monkeys, but nonetheless, only a few feet and a single fence separate you from up to eight or ten of the animals. Evidently they are bred here and then sent back to the countries from which they originated. Besides these creatures, you have giraffes, zebras, and the extremely rare oryx. The latter animals are thought to be extinct in wild and are very hard to come by in captivity. Fota is a place filled with many endangered animals. They obviously have a point to their game reserve, which is the opportunity to allow you to see firsthand the animals that are struggling for survival.
That alone is a great reason to go, but also is the opportunity to stand on a hill in Ireland five feet from a zebra or giraffe with nothing but a single electrified wire between you and the animal. It is truly an amazing place and a great way to spend an afternoon. Bring a picnic lunch, there is plenty of grassy hillsides from which to eat.
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May 26, 2003
FOTA Wildlife Park is not like an ordinary zoo. Wherever possible they have chosen animals that thrive in a free-range environment, which allows them to roam free while mixed with other species and with us humans also!
The conservation of nature is one of Fota Wildlife Park's main roles. Everything done here, including the breeding of endangered species such as the cheetah and all the education programmes, are aimed at supporting the conservation of nature.
Here is a short list of some of the animals you can see roaming around the park:
great grey kangaroo, gibbon, cheetah, giraffe, and Grant's zebra and lemurs.
It's a great day out.
From journal The one and only County Cork
January 7, 2003
From journal Cork - A taste of 'Uisce Baithe'
Cork, Ireland, Ireland
December 3, 2002
In the ponds are ducks swimming around. Let the kids throw bread to them and watch the kids giggle as the ducks nibble at the bread.
Cheetahs are a definite visit. The world's fastest land animal, you might be lucky to be there at feeding time.
Giraffes tower so high up it's hard to tell from tv how tall they really are until you stand next to one. These creatures are generally solitary animals and tend to not get too close.
Well there are always new animals at Fota but these are the main ones. My advise is to wander around and enjoy it and leave the kids wander round to play with the monkeys. The kids won't want to leave. And no, you can't buy a monkey at the souvenier shop.
From journal Cork an Emerald Paradise
by Aaron Loukonen
April 15, 2002
From journal Cork County