World Animal Day Celebrates “Big 4” in the Bog of Allen

PRESS RELEASE: 25th September 2014

World Animal Day celebrates “Big 4” in the Bog of Allen.

These animals are the otter, fox, hare and badger. In Europe the otter is the most endangered of our “Big 4” due to loss of its habitat. In the Bog of Allen they are doing very well because of the variety of wetlands present. The fox, hare and badger also breed sucessfully here.

World Animal Day started in 1931 to highlight the issue of endangered species worldwide. The day has become a day of remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them.

At the Bog of Allen Nature Centre on Thursday the 2nd of October, we will be giving a guided tour of our dead zoo giving people the chance to learn about the “Big 4” and also about birds living in the bog including barn owl, snipe and bittern.

There will be animal related activites for children such as spot the difference, animal wordsearch and a lesson in making a fox mask. This educational day will be fun for all the family and animal lovers alike. Admission €5, open 10am-4pm, refreshments available.

“We even have a piece of the backbone of a whale to show visitors, I was amazed when I saw this” says Amanda McNamara, IPCC’s community awareness officer.


Editors Note

Further details, information, pictures from

please contact Amanda McNamara,

Community Awareness Officer

T:  045-860133



This entry was posted in News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.