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Fota Wildlife Park
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Fota Wildlife Park is part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, and is set on 100 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour and is only 10KM from Cork City by rail or car.

Fota Wildlife Park is a unique place where you can come face to face with free roaming animals and birds from different parts of the world.

So, if it’s a kangaroo that hops in front of you, or a ring tailed lemur, which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories.

Fota Wildlife Park features the recently opened Asian Sanctuary with Asian lions, Sumatran tigers, Indian rhino, Warty pigs, Visayan spotted deer, Lion tailed macaques and Red panda.

Fota Wildlife Park cares for several different animal species in danger of extinction. Through long established breeding programmes, which are run cooperatively with other institutions around the world, the Park is helping restore populations of some species.

Why we like it
  • See native and exotic animals up close.
  • Visit during feeding time.
  • Explore the giant giraffe slide and playgrounds.
  • Enjoy the many picnic and rest areas and the Oasis restaurant. 
  • Take a ride on the Awacachi Tour Train.
Tips from locals

Make a day of it and take the train from Kent Station in Cork to Fota Wildlife Park. The 13 minute train journey is one of the most scenic routes in Ireland and stops right in the park.

Tips from locals

After a busy day running between animals and areas, little legs will welcome a first-class journey in the open Safari Train back to the main entrance.

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