Fota Wildlife Park turns 40 today.
And it’s a double celebration at the much-loved attraction, which just announced the arrival of a baby Rothschild’s giraffe.
The female giraffe was born at the end of April to mother Clodagh and father Ferdie and can trace her lineage in Cork back to 1982 when her great-great-grandmother Frisky came to Fota Wildlife Park from Southampton Zoo in England.
“The baby giraffe’s mother Clodagh who is eight years old, is part of a long line of giraffes born in Fota Wildlife Park,” they told us.
“Clodagh’s mother Aoife was born in Fota Wildlife Park in 2010 and her grandmother Róisín was born there in 1992.
“The calf’s great great grandmother, Frisky, was one of the founding herd members. The young calf is a pale colour, and she is already displaying similar personality characteristics to her great-grandmother Róisín who was a strong fearless female giraffe!”
As Fota marks its 40th anniversary, the new arrival is extra poignant; in 1983 the Rothschild’s giraffe along with the zebra and cheetah were some of the first species of animals to make Fota Wildlife Park their home.
You can meet the new addition and commemorate 40 Years of Fota Wildlife Park from today Friday, June 23rd to Sunday, June 25th, as Fota hosts a carnival-style weekend of entertainment and games.