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The Fota Wildlife Park is home to 80 species

April 29, 2011 - 2:27am
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The Dublin Zoo may be the most popular animal-related facility in Ireland, but those who are in County Cork are able to enjoy a site just as exciting. The Fota Wildlife Park spans more than 75 acres of land and is home to 80 different species of birds and mammals.

Travelers can learn plenty about the zoo just be reading their mission statement. Not only are they devoted to providing education about wildlife conservation, but they also practice what they preach by breeding endangered species to help combat the threat of extinction.

Animals from all over the world live at the park in areas specifically designed to replicate their home environments. In the tropical savanna, guests will find emus, ostriches, zebras, cheetahs and giraffes, while the tropical forests are inhabited by lemurs, tapirs, macaws, spider monkeys and more. In the wetlands, one can find capybaras, Chilean flamingos and pelicans, while the oceanic area is home to penguins and seals.

The Fota Wildlife Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.