SECAD Investment Funds New Development at Fota Wildlife Park

The construction of a new Animal Care and Conservation Centre at Fota
Wildlife Park will be supported by significant investment by South and East
Cork Area Development (SECAD). The investment in one of Ireland’s most
popular attractions was welcomed by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the
Marine, Simon Coveney, who was on hand to turn the first sod on the
development site.

The new facility, which will house native and globally endangered species,
will cost over €600,000 to develop onsite at Fota Wildlife Park, and a
grant support of €200,000 is being provided by SECAD. ****

Fota Wildlife Park made an application to South & East Cork Area
Development (SECAD) for funding through the Rural Development Programme to
assist with the construction of a new Animal Care and Conservation Centre
this year”, explained Ryan Howard, CEO SECAD. “As a key tourism attraction
in this region and as part of the Ring of Cork initiative, we are delighted
to support this special project and to support employment in the tourism
and hospitality sector here”.

The new development will see the creation of an additional ten jobs at Fota
Wildlife Park across a number of areas from animal health and veterinary to
animal care and support staff. This is one of many investments in the
Region by SECAD to stimulate job creation, and ensure the viability and
attractiveness of the South and East Cork area for visitors and locals


Sean McKeown, Director of Fota Wildlife Park said “The Animal Care and
Conservation Centre is a very important development for Fota Wildlife
Park. The indoor visitor facility will make the wildlife park more of an
all-weather attraction, increasing visitor numbers to the park and
therefore creating additional jobs here. This project could not have been
undertaken without the generous financial support from SECAD, therefore we
would like to thank their CEO Ryan Howard and his staff for the efficient
and effective manner with which our application was processed. We would
also like to acknowledge Minister Coveney for his continued support in the
development of Fota Wildlife Park into a world class facility”.


“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.
The indoor viewing area will be key also to increasing the appeal of the
park in winter months and in all weathers”, said Minister Coveney at the
turning of the sod at Fota Wildlife today.


The building works on the Animal Care and Conservation Centre are expected
to be completed by August 2013, with the animals moving in towards the end
of 2013.

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Stephen Ryan of Fota Wildlife Park, Simon Coveney TD Minister for Agriculture, Marine & Food and Ryan Howard, CEO SECAD pictured at the announcement of SECAD’s investment in the new Animal Care and Conservation Centre at Fota Wildlife Park. Ten jobs will be created as a result of the development at Fota Wildlife Centre, and works are due to be completed at August 2013. <br />
Picture: Clare Keogh <br />
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