CorkWildlife Park is a joint venture between the Zoological Society of Ireland and University College Cork, an scheme originally envisioned in the 1970s by former Director of Dublin Zoo.
The Park was opened in 1980s by the President of Ireland – Dr. Patrick Hillery, and has gone from strength to strength since – welcoming huge number of visitors. In 2010 and 2011 Fota Park went to series of renovations.
It is definitely top tourist attraction in Cork and has been ranked in top ten tourist attractions in Ireland.
Fota is a registered charity and a non-profit organisation financed solely from membership fees and entry ticket sales.