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Giraffes in Their Large Enclosure

Fota Wildlife Park Near Cork

Geography & Nature

Animal Conservation Park on Fota Island


No holiday to Ireland or Cork is complete without spending a couple of hours exploring Fota Wildlife Park, its animals from all over the world and the amazing scenery of an island that is located right at the heart of one of the biggest and most beautiful natural harbours in the world. See a kangaroo hop past you or get close to a Ring-tailed Lemur!


Fota Wildlife Park is only 25 minutes from Cork and is a great day out for all. The park was officially opened in 1983 by the then President of Ireland, the late Dr Patrick Hillery, and has gone from strength to strength since – welcoming record visitor numbers in the years after a significant redevelopment of facilities in the past years.


Fota is a non-profit organisation and charity financed entirely by entry tickets and memberships. Any financial surpluses are reinvested to improve the park’s infrastructure and further the park’s goals of conservation, education and research.


It has been listed as one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cork.


If for whatever reason Cork is not part of your group’s itinerary here in Ireland, but you still want to see some animals, you should look into visiting Dublin Zoo, Ireland’s largest zoo.



Photo Gallery
Visitors Watching Zebras grazing
A couple walking by the lake
Lemurs sitting amongst a family
Ostrich and Giraffes sharing large fields
Useful Information
Opening Hours

10.00am – 16.30pm all week

Last entry at 15.00pm


The park is closed on Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day (25th and 26th of December)

Duration of Visit

Minimum of half a day is recommended – your group can spend up to a full day.


Fota Wildlife Park, Fota, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, Ireland

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