Saturday 04 July 2020

CorkHi12°| Lo

Cork Independent

Lifestyle & Leisure

What’s in a name?

Wednesday, 17th June, 2020 3:37pm

Get your thinking caps on, Fota Wildlife Park is asking for your help!

Having recently announced the birth of three northern Cheetah cubs to mother Gráinne and father Sam, Fota is now asking for name suggestions from the public for the three cubs.

All three were born on St Patrick’s Day, with the name Paddy perhaps a front-runner for one of the cubs! Name ideas can be posted at fotawildlife.ie/blog and those who enter will be in with a chance to win one of three year-long annual passes.

Fota Wildlife Park, which is now operating a pre-booking online system to comply with social distancing requirements, lost over €1.2 million in income during the Covid closure and faces a monthly bill of over €30,000 in feeding costs alone.

Director Sean McKeown said: “We are delighted to announce the birth of these cheetah cubs and we are also very happy to report that public and visitor feedback since re-opening has been very positive. Of course, public health, safety and adhering to the Covid-19 prevention advice is paramount here, therefore it is great to hear the positive feedback from the public.”

He continued: “An important part of our mission is to operate breeding programmes for endangered species worldwide. Some of the world’s most endangered species reside here such as the Indian rhino, Asian lion and Sumatran tiger who are all participating in the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) run species management programmes. Gate receipts, entry tickets and membership sales provide the vast portion of our income which allows us to continue our conservation work and education programmes on the need to conserve our global biodiversity.”

Fota Wildlife Park is open daily from 9am to last entry 4.30pm.

ePaper Service

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8
Desktop, Tablet & Smartphone friendly
Cookies on Cork Independent website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Cork Independent website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Cork Independent use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message