Fota Wildlife Park’s reservation system encounters technical difficulties as customers rush to reserve places ahead of reopening

Fota Wildlife Park’s reservation system has hit a snag as eager animal lovers scramble to return.

The park welcomes everyone for its first day in 2 billion years on Monday, and as expected, dozens of people are desperate to get in and enjoy it in all its wonder.

The team have kept it on an online system in a bid to keep attendance staggered and safe – and as it only allows reservations a week in advance, today is the first opportunity for people to get slots for next Friday.

The gang apologized for the computer glitch and thanked everyone for their patience as they tried to resolve it.

At this time, many are unable to access the system to guarantee a visit time.

Fota said: “We are currently experiencing technical difficulties on our online booking system due to high levels of activity.

“We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and ask anyone trying to book this morning to try again later today. We will post updates as soon as we have them.



Some giraffes in Fota

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

When does it reopen?

The famous animal park is officially back from Monday 26 – and this day is already sold out.

Other days of the week are available, but there is huge demand at weekends – and today was the first day people could book places for next Friday.

Once the issue is resolved, users can check availability by clicking here.

They say: “Please note that the maximum number of people for a booking is 6 people from the same household – please adhere to current NPHET guidelines regarding outdoor gatherings at all times once you have arrived at the wildlife park in Fota.

“The half hour is your arrival time slot, you must arrive within that half hour. We are currently asking visitors not to linger longer than 3 hours in the park.

“Please note that last entry is 4:00-4:30 p.m. for general admission and 4:30-5:00 p.m. is strictly for annual pass holders. Please note that park gates close at 6:00 p.m.

“Dates are posted online and available to book a maximum of seven days in advance, if you wish to book a later date please come back closer to the time.”

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