Galway woman wins safari holiday for two as Fota Wildlife Park's 10 millionth visitor
A GALWAY woman celebrated her decision to visit Fota Wildlife Park on holiday as she became the 10 millionth visitor to the Cork attraction and won a safari holiday to South Africa.
Catherine Cullinane from Tuam, Co Galway became the 10 millionth visitor to the east Cork park which is now the No 1 tourist attraction in Cork.
More than 465,000 people each year visit the wildlife park which has dramatically expanded over recent years to include a major new Asian Sanctuary with new species including rhino and tigers.
The wildlife park estimates that visitors to its park contribute a total of €190m to the region on general spending.
Fota director Sean McKeown said it has been an exciting time for the facility. "We also feel that it is very important to continually develop the wildlife park and during 2019 alone we have spent €900,000 on capital projects such as the Madagascan Village on Palm Walk, and a new playground near the Oasis Cafe.”
“We are a conservation charity and we feel very strongly about giving something back to the visitors, without whom it would be impossible to continue our work in education, research and conservation.”
Fota now ranks as one of the top breeding centres in the world for endangered species. The park last week celebrated the birth of its first male Sumatran tiger cub.
It now ranks as one of the world's leading centres for the breeding of bison, cheetahs and giraffes. The park, which was opened in 1983, is located on 100 acres on Fota Island, some 10km outside Cork city.