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Tourist attraction: A lion at Fota Wildlife Park. Photo: Darragh Kane

Tourist attraction: A lion at Fota Wildlife Park. Photo: Darragh Kane

Tourist attraction: A lion at Fota Wildlife Park. Photo: Darragh Kane

One of Ireland's top attractions, Fota Wildlife Park, faces the nightmare scenario of coping with a €15,000-a-month feed bill for its 135 animal species while the 100-acre park remains totally empty of visitors.

The Covid-19 lockdown has crippled the traditionally busy Easter visitor period for the hugely popular east Cork wildlife park and left staff worried as to how long the shutdown will continue.

Despite being closed for a month, Fota still has to cope with the vast feed demands of the park's animals including two-and-a-half tonnes of meat for its lions and tigers each month, one tonne of chicken for its cheetahs and three tonnes of small fish for its penguins and pelicans.


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