Fota Wildlife Park closes but 'committed and experienced rangers and staff will remain on duty'

Fota Wildlife Park closes but 'committed and experienced rangers and staff will remain on duty'

Two baby Spider Monkeys with their mothers in Fota Wildlife Park earlier this month.
Photo Darragh Kane

Fota Wildlife Park announced last night that, following the latest Government advice regarding all non-essential businesses and public amenities, it has taken the decision to temporarily close its gates to the public for the foreseeable future.

“Please be assured that our dedicated animal care team and essential staff will continue to provide the same level of care, husbandry and attention that all our animals receive throughout the year,” Park management said in an online post. 

“While the gates may be closed to the public our teams of committed and experienced rangers and staff will remain on duty throughout this period.” 

Any web-tickets bought for the park will be valid for 12 months, and Park staff also suggested people visit their social media channels ‘for updates and news on all our animals’.

Two of the male rhinos vying for the attention of the new female rhino in Fota Wildlife Park.Photo Darragh Kane
Two of the male rhinos vying for the attention of the new female rhino in Fota Wildlife Park.Photo Darragh Kane

The Park had remained open with some additional measures after coronavirus restrictions were first put in place earlier this month.

It had been limiting the numbers of the public who could be in the park at any one time to a maximum of 500.

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