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Expansion at Fota Wildlife Park to create 10 jobs

A new animal care and conservation centre is to be built this year at the popular tourist destination.

Fota Wildlife Park on Fota Island.
Fota Wildlife Park on Fota Island.
Image: infomatique via Flickr/Creative Commons

A NEW ANIMAL care and conservation centre is to be built at Fota Wildlife Park, leading to the creation of 10 new jobs.

Costing in the region of €600,000, a grant of €200,000 is to be provided by South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD).

With a proposed completion date of August it’s hoped that the indoor centre will help extend the tourist season at the popular wildlife park, which is located at Carrigtwohill, Co Cork.

The director of Fota Wildlife Park, Sean McKeown, said that the new centre would make the park “more of an all-weather attraction” and would help increase visitor numbers.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney said:

This new development at Fota Wildlife Park will enhance the breeding and conservation work at Fota Wildlife Park, and will also provide a new opportunity for the public to learn about the importance of preserving indigenous biodiversity and the need to conserve flora and fauna globally.

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