Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is set on 100 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour and its vision is to inspire people to understand and conserve the biodiversity of our natural world. 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. The Cheetah Run and the Tropical house – with its butterflies, reptiles, amphibians and tropical fish – are also must-sees. The development of the Asian Sanctuary over the past six years has enhanced the Park as an iconic international visitor attraction as well as serving the core values of conservation, education, and research. If you are looking for something completely different, Fota Wildlife Park also offers special behind the scenes -style guided tours known as ‘Wild Experiences’ see www.fotawildlife.ie for more details on how to book. 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 while protecting the very survival of others. As a non-profit organisation, the continued work of the Park is not possible without fund raising, membership fees and gate receipts. Fota Wildlife Park runs several events and activities during the busy summer season. These include daily feeding times and wildlife talks, face painting and arts and crafts, fun events such as Yoga@Fota, the Blue Imagination Playground and music and art workshops, as well as educational themed weekends such as the Bug Bonanza, Native Species Weekend and Mad Scientist Weekend. Fota Wildlife Park is open 7 days a week, 362 days a year, including Bank Holidays, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day. See www.fotawildlife.ie for opening times and prices. Fota Wildlife Park is accessible by car and by train – see www.irishrail.ie for the full train timetable.