Cork – Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork is a special zoo and Ireland’s premier wildlife attraction. In Fota Wildlife Park wherever possible they have chosen animals, which thrive in a free-range environment are allows to roam free, while mixed with other species and with us human visitors!

These species are also able to adjust to the Irish Climate. The animals themselves make the choice of seeking shelter when necessary.

In some cases, for example the giraffes, only a barrier separate visitors from the animals at this wildlife park but this is always unobtrusive and does not reduce the animal’s quality of life.

In order to explain the responsibility for caring for the natural world, there are also courses in nature conservation for both primary and secondary schools. These conservation courses help students understand the effects of man on the natural world, and describe the actions that are necessary to prevent the loss of habitats and species.

During the school holidays Summer Camps, Safari Days and Activity Days around Easter and Halloween are organised for children. The emphasis is on enjoyment within the Wildlife Park.

They also run a family fundraising events, the main aim of the day is combining fun with conservation. There will be many activities organized, aimed at children and adults alike such as face painters, puppeteers, storytelling, sing-a-longs, music and other circus / amphibian themed events. Running throughout the day, Fotas Talks Presenters will be holding amphibian talks and displaying tadpoles, frogs and other creatures for the visitors to see and touch.

All courses and activities are based in Fota Wildlife Park’s Education Centre and grounds and must be booked in advance.

Visit Fota Wildlife Park in Cork Website for more information


The Tropical House At Fota Wildlife Park

The new Tropical House which is 280s qm in size is home to 3 reptile, 9 amphibian, 28 fish and 14 butterfly species all of which are new species to Fota Wildlife Park.  All of these species will be on display amongst 340 tropical plants at temperature of 26° Celsius all year round.

The development is also home to a state of the art veterinary facility which will allow for injured or sick animals to be treated at Fota Wildlife Park

Daily Events At Fota Wildlife Park

  • Animal Feeds:

Most animals require feeding twice daily and you can see the wardens feeding them in the early morning and late afternoon.

  • The Cheetah Run takes place at 16.00 each day
  • Giraffe Crossing – 16.45
  • Animal Talks:

Get all the information you need on your favourite animal hear expert Keepers talk about the animals in their care and conservation work being done for that species.

  • Bison – 10.45
  • Eagle – 11.30
  • Macaque – 12.00
  • Lar Gibbon – 12.30
  • Penguin – 13.00
  • Flamingo – 14.30
  • Siamang Gibbon – 13.00
  • Seal – 15.25
  • Eagle – 16.30

To Find Out More About Fota Wildlife Park Events

Fota Wildlife Park Opening Times

  • Mon-Sat: 10.00 a.m.
  • Sun: 10.30 a.m.
  • Last entry: 4:30 pm every day (5 pm for members)
  • Gates closed: 6.00pm

Fota Wildlife Park Admission

  • Adults: €15.50"Fota Wildlife Park Zoo in Cork"
  • Children (Under 16) €10
  • Students (with valid student card), Seniors and Disabled: €11
  • Toddlers (Under 3): FREE
  • 2 adults + 2 children: €46
  • 2 adults + 3 children: €53
  • 2 adults + 4 children: €60

Booking Online

You can book on line here through our booking link directly to the FOTA Wildlife Park ticket sales.

Group Admission To Fota Wildlife Park

Group Prices (for parties of 20 people or more)

  • Adults: €12
  • Children, Students (with valid student card): €8

(Special group rates for people in long-term residential care can be arranged on application in writing to the Wildlife Park office.)

Education Prices

For school groups, one teacher is allowed free with every 10 pupils. If your group intends to visit the restaurant please book in advance.

Guided Tours

A ‘Behind the Scenes’ Guided Tour is just one of the options available to groups interested in learning about the Park in a less formal setting.

We can cater for school groups looking for a fun day out or a group of visitors arrived into the Cork area by bus, train or cruise ship.

For more details, it is advised that you get in touch in advance by dropping an email to [email protected]

Wild Experience

VIP Family Experience 

Gather your family members and spend an afternoon with one of their wardens for a fun and informative behind-the-scenes tour. Explore the behind the scenes areas, prepare food in the kitchen for the animals you will meet on your tour and help the warden with the feeding of them. Hear interesting stories about the Fota Wildlife Park residents, and learn educational conservation messages about them.

Ages three years and up, maximum of six (2 adults & 4 kids), includes admission price to the park and offered year-round.

Experience includes: (Animals available subject to change)

  • 2 hour guided tour with a warden
  • Feed Penguins & Ring Tailed Lemurs
  • Great photo opportunities
  • Park admission included
  • Experience certificate

Fee: €150 per family

10% discount for Fota Wildlife Park members

To book call 0214908147 or email [email protected]

The Warden Experience

Take part in the Warden Experience at Fota Wildlife Park and let the wardens share their passion for animals with you. Feel your own love for animals grow along with your understanding of the human/animal connection. Spend a day participating in the care and feeding of some of the world’s most endangered animals.

Family Fun Tip:- The experience will be fun and educational but you should be prepared for some hard work!

Ages sixteen years and up, maximum of two, includes admission price to the park and offered year-round.

Experience includes: (Animals available subject to change)

  • 4 hour tour
  • Prepare food for the Primates
  • Feed Penguins & Ring Tailed Lemurs*
  • See up close how the Cheetah Run Works
  • Hands-on experience working alongside our experienced wardens
  • Great photo opportunities
  • Park admission included
  • Complimentary tea/coffee in the morning/afternoon
  • Complimentary lunch is provided for at the Savannah Cafe
  • Gift Pack including special edition t-shirt and experience certificate

Fee: : €200 for 1 adult and €300 for 2 adults

10% Discount for Fota Wildlife Park members

To book call 0214908147 or email [email protected]

The Behind the Scenes Experience

This amazing experience will allow animal lovers to get up close with some of our most loved animals and give them an exclusive glimpse into what really goes on behind the scenes at Ireland’s wildest attraction.

Your experience Warden will reveal the full schedule of activities on the day which could include cleaning the tapir enclosure, feeding our giraffes, making enrichment activities for the gibbons or preparing food for our ring tailed lemurs*!

Ages eighteen and up, maximum of three, includes admission price to the park and offered year-round

Experience includes: (Animals available subject to change)

  • 2 hour guided tour with a warden
  • The opportunity to go behind the scenes to learn about the animals and ask our Experience Warden any questions you may have
  • Free admission into the park for the participant
  • Experience certificate


  • €100 for one adult
  • €150 for two adults
  • €200 for three adults

10% Discount for Fota Wildlife Park members

To book call 0214908147 or email [email protected]

Fota Wildlife Park Car Park Charges

  • Private Vehicles €3.00
  • Tour Coaches FREE

Fota Wildlife Park Membership

  • Conservation Membership – €155.00
  • Park Membership – €100.00

Fota Wildlife Park Facilities

Here is a list of some of the facilities that are available at the park
  • Children’s Play Areas
  • Awacachi Tour Train
  • Maxi Zoo Tour Train
  • Fota Wildlife Park Jeep Safari
  • Sheltered Huts
  • Wheelchair Loan
  • Parking
  • Irish Rail Train Station
  • Picnic and Rest Areas
  • Serengeti Gift Shop
  • Oasis Cafe
  • First Aid
  • Toilets, Disabled toilets, baby-changing facilities
  • Credit cards: VISA MasterCard, Laser, Euro card
  • Gift shop

Getting to Fota Wildlife Park Cork

FOTA Wildlife Park is situated 10km east of Cork City, just off the N25. Take the Cobh Road (R22). The entrance to the park is just before Belvelly Bridge. See Google Map at top of page.

There is a Direct Rail Service to FOTA Wildlife Park Station. Cork to Fota only 15 minutes. This train connects to intercity trains to Dublin. Visit to view timetables.

The Wildlife Park is only 15 minutes from Cork Airport.

History Of Fota Wildlife Park

Ireland’s Wildest Attraction, Fota Wildlife Park was opened in 1983 by the President of Ireland, Dr. Patrick Hillery, and is a joint project of the Zoological Society of Ireland and University College Cork. Fota Wildlife Park Ltd. is a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee, and is a registered charity. Any financial surpluses that the Park generates are reinvested in order to promote the company’s objectives of conservation, education and research. The park is currently one of the top ten visitor attractions in Ireland




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