Rare Sumatran tiger cub born at Fota Wildlife Park
Fota Wildlife Park has announced the birth of an endangered male Sumatran tiger cub, born on June 25 to second-time parents Dourga (8) and father Denar (7).
Sumatran tigers are the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world and have been classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This six-week-old cub is the second Sumatran tiger cub to be born at Fota and is brother to two-year-old sister Dharma, who was recently transferred to Edinburgh Zoo.
As well as welcoming the new tiger cub, Fota Wildlife Park is gearing up to welcome its 10th million visitor who will win a prize of a holiday for two to South Africa which includes a safari. Fota Wildlife Park is calling on the public to come and visit the new arrival and be in with a chance to win the trip of a lifetime as well as some great runner up prizes.
“The countdown is now on to find our 10th million visitor," says Fota Wildlife Park director Sean McKeown.
"Fota has been open as a conservation charity and wildlife park attraction since 1983. Since then, the yearly attendance has risen to over 465,000 annually. The excitement is building as we prepare to honour the 10th million visitor, who we expect to walk through the gates in the next seven or eight days, all depending on the levels of visitor numbers really. That lucky person will win a holiday for two in South Africa including a Safari trip, so it will be well worth a visit for anyone considering a great day out this August.
"We also have great runner up gifts, from some of our local accommodation providers such as Fota Island Resort, the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Little Island, and the Midleton Park Hotel, plus we have 10 annual family passes to give away.”
Sumatran tigers first arrived at Fota Wildlife Park in 2014 as part of the European Endangered Species programme (EEP). Mother Dourga originally came from Le Parc des Félins in France and father Denar from Warsaw City Zoo in Poland. Their first cub, Dharma, now lives at Edinburgh Zoo where it is hoped that she will become an integral part of their breeding programme.
The other Sumatran tigers at Fota include Batak, a five-year-old male that came in 2015 from Zoo Parc de Beauval in France, and Mayang, a seven-year-old female who was born at Doué La Fontaine Zoo in France.
The overall winning prize to be awarded at the discretion of Fota Wildlife Park to the 10th million visitor is a €45,00 voucher for Barter Travel that currently, at 2019 prices, covers a holiday for two to Cape Town in South Africa including flights, internal transfers and accommodation including a two-day Safari to Amakhala Game Reserve. Runner up prizes are as follows: the five-star Fota Island Resort is offering a two night stay in a self-catering lodge for a family of four with passes to Family Fun at Fota Island Adventure and VIP spa passes for the parents.
Also, the four-star Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Little Island, is offering two nights bed and breakfast in a family room with dinner on one evening for a family of four. Midleton Park Hotel is offering a two nights bed and breakfast stay for a family of four with dinner included. Fota Wildlife Park will also be giving ten runners up conservation annual passes to mark the occasion.
Visit www.fotawildlife.ie for more information.
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