Fota Wildlife Park is not like an ordinary zoo. At Fota you can come face to face with free roaming animals and birds from all parts of the world. You can watch the amazement on your child’s face as a kangaroo hops in front of them, as they feed the spectacular birds or as a ring tailed lemur jumps down from a tree.
Fota Wildlife Park is a strong childhood memory for many. I still remember the sore legs after running around all day exploring the Park as a child, the fun train rides waving to all as you went past, the school tours with friends but one of my fondest memories was my Mom collecting us from school to go for a walk around Fota to see the animals. She would also be sure we were just in time to see the giraffes crossing from the field to their beds for the night. One of my favourite childhood memories. Recently I have loved bringing my two nieces to Fota and watching the amazement on their faces as they discover the magic of Fota Wildlife Park.
Now it’s our turn to help Fota
Fota has given us all so much throughout the years, it’s time to give back to them.
Fota Wildlife Park, which is a conservation charity, has been closed to the public since January 8th. The park is very dependant on visitor income and 95% of the operating costs are reliant on gate receipts, annual pass sales and gift shop revenues. Fota Wildlife Park spends on average €44,000 a month on the food and veterinary care for the 1350 animals representing the 135 species at Fota Wildlife Park. Unfortunately, if Fota Wildlife Park misses the peak visitor income period of July and August then the Park will be facing possible closure for September and beyond.
Sean McKeown, Director of Fota Wildlife Park said “I would like to thank the public for their generosity, we have been humbled here at Fota by their donations and the reaction to the interview on RTE. We received over €10,000 of individual private donations on our website over the weekend and we have seen reports of members of the public setting up GoFundMe initiatives.” He also mentioned if possible future Covid restrictions “keep the Park closed until after the summer season, then closure may be a real possibility. However, we would like to stress that this would be a worst-case scenario.”
To donate what you can, please visit their Fota’s Donate page on their website here. Fota has given us all so much throughout the years, it’s time to give back to them.
Fota was a special place to me as a child but I am also so grateful that I had the opportunity to film with their amazing team on numerous occasions over the years. In fact, Fota was my very first OnTheQT video almost 8 years ago and also my last shoot before lockdown last year.
To donate what you can, please visit their Fota Wildlife Park’s Donate page on their website here. Fota has given us all so much throughout the years, it’s time to give back to them.