Fota director Sean McKeown said it has been an exciting time for the facility. “We also feel that it is very important to continually develop the wildlife park and during 2019 alone we have spent €900,000 on capital projects such as the Madagascan Village on Palm Walk, and a new playground near the Oasis Cafe.”
“We are a conservation charity and we feel very strongly about giving something back to the visitors, without whom it would be impossible to continue our work in education, research and conservation.”
It now ranks as one of the world’s leading centres for the breeding of bison, cheetahs and giraffes. The park, which was opened in 1983, is located on 100 acres on Fota Island, some 10km outside Cork city.