Fota Wildlife Park 30 Years Old This Year

Fota Wildlife Park is 30 years old this year and is celebrating with a summer carnival that runs until 25 August. The park opened in the summer of 1983 on a 70-acre site on Fota Island in Cork.

The RTÉ documentary 'Fota Ireland's Wildlife Park' was broadcast on 26 December 1987, when the park was only a few years old. By then, it had been visited by over 750,000 people and was home to 68 species of mammals and birds, almost 450 animals in total.

This clip shows giraffes running in the park, aerial footage of the park and cheetahs playing together. The group of cheetahs shown have been sponsored by RTÉ Cork Local Radio. Cheetahs are an endangered species, but reporter Peter Wilson says that the breeding programme at Fota is one of the most successful in the world.

'Fota Ireland's Wildlife Park' is presented by Peter Wilson.

Visit Fota Wildlife Park website for more details.

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