Theme Park launches free-flying ‘World of Raptors’ open air arena attraction

American Black Vultures pictured with Mike Brasser of Taytopark at the new World of Raptors exhibition.

TAYTO PARK, Ireland’s only theme park and zoo, has opened its exciting new World of Raptors exhibit which features 20 rare birds of prey in the Park’s brand new open air seating arena.

The first exhibit of its kind in Ireland, World of Raptors offers visitors a unique opportunity to get up, close and personal with a host of rare and magnificent species of bird in a 450-seater arena which cost more than €750,000 to construct.

Various species of eagles, owls, vultures and falcons from all over the world will take part in a thrilling, free-flying demonstration – while visitors to the Park in Ashbourne, County Meath, will also learn all about these majestic species with educational talks from the bird of prey team.



Brutus is Tayto Park’s impressive Steller’s Sea Eagle, they are the heaviest eagles in the world and are considered to be the most powerful of the Sea Eagles.

“We’re very excited to open our latest attraction World of Raptors, after a huge amount of investment and preparation,” said Tayto Park founder Raymond Coyle.  “It’s been a very busy winter getting all the birds fit and ready for the display so it’s great to finally have an opportunity to share the experience with visitors to Tayto Park.

“Not only will you get to feel the whizz of wind as an eagle flies past, and see aerial displays featuring the world’s largest and fastest birds of prey, you’ll also learn about the birds from our expert Birds of Prey team.

Pictured is Taytopark owner Ray Coyle with a Verreaux Eagle called Storm.

“Working with raptors is a very specialised job and our Birds Of Prey team have built strong relationships with the birds during training.  It’s been amazing to see them grow and express natural behaviours just as they would do in the wild,” he added.

World of Raptors opens July 20th with falconry displays and educational talks taking place twice daily.

Tayto Park opened for its seventh season last April.  For more information on World of Raptors and opening hours visit www.taytopark.ie/theme-park/world-of-raptors.

Tayto Park Zoo Fact Box

  1. Tayto Park has 20 species of birds of prey – including vultures, eagles, falcons and owls.

  2. Tayto Park World of Raptors has the largest American vulture, the King Vulture and a Secretary Bird who is native to the Sahara Desert.

  3. Conservation – Tayto Park is committed to conservation both locally and globally and strives to connect people with nature and to inform, empower and inspire people to act. Tayto park support the ‘Golden Eagle Trust Limited’ which is a charity dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Ireland’s native birds, including the barn owl.

  4. Tayto Park is ever expanding their zoo and currently have Amur tigers, Amur leopards, tayra, small primates, puma, meerkats, bison, various avian species and a petting farm.