The next destination in our list was the Fota Wildlife Park which is regarded as one of the must visit tourist attractions of Ireland. The best thing about this wildlife park is that it has something for people belonging to all ages. The park has been made up by collecting animals which can survive comfortable in a free environment so that they can roam free without any fear and interact with various other species including the visitors.
Care is also taken that the species can easily adjust to the climate prevailing in this part of the world. The animals have been given the liberty to enter their shelters whenever they feel the need to do so. Visitors who want to explore the entire area have to spend more than a day due to the massive size of the park. For these visitors, there is the Fota Island Resort Hotel nearby. We also came to know that the wildlife park is the first of its kind to organize Cheetah run in the country.
The run is conducted at 3 pm every day and we couldn’t miss it at any cost. The food for the cheetah was kept on a wire which is at a height of 10 feet above the ground and moves at a speed of 65 kmph. This enrichment program exercises the body of the cheetahs as they hardly tend to move if they don’t have to work for their stomach.
The park is spread over an area of 75 acres and came into existence in the year 1983. Presently, it houses more than 50 bird and 30 mammal species. We could easily spot that some animals like wallabies and ring tailed lemurs roamed freely despite the presence of humans.
I was simply surprised by the manner in which animals like bison and giraffes were kept. Their paddocks are designed in such a manner that humans can view them in their natural habitat but can’t
intrude into their home. We also spotted different other animals and birds like tapirs, red pandas and siamang gibbons, Indian peafowl, common zebra, ostrich, etc.