Take a Walk on the Wildside, 5 Best Zoo & Animal Parks in Spain
Animals and wildlife are popular among all, especially children and they are a brilliant way to not only keep them entertained but also for educating them on different species and the care and work needed in the conservation of keeping some of the Worlds most rare animals from extinction.
This Summer, Spain will see millions of holiday makers enter one of the most popular holiday destinations of all time. These are what we recommend as Spain's best 5 zoos and wildlife parks to visit whilst on holiday.
Aguilas Jungle Park - Tenerife
A zoological center in Tenerife that want to educate and raise awareness of the species that they house. They keep a good selection of primates including Orangutans, Chimpanzees, Gibbons, Lemurs, Capuchin Monkey and the Mandrills which are known as one of the most aggressive primates and will see off lions in the African Savannah which is where they originate. Saimiri, Siamang, Debrazza and White Bearded Monkey's are among the rarer species of the park.
The park also has a number of big cats. Lions are a favorite and the zoo has two white lions which are currently on the endangered species list and only a handful remain in the whole World. Leopards are here too and are known to be one of the most agile species of the big cats. Tigers are the largest of the cats and the park has two types, the Bengal Tiger and the White Tiger of Rewa. Another fragile species and on the endangered list is the Puma, also known as the mountain Lion.
Other animals around the park are Red Panda, Raccoons, Crocodiles, Reptiles, Birds, Penguins and Pigmy Hippopotamuses which come from the African equatorial jungle and are the smallest of Hippo species.
As well as all the animals the kids can have a play around in the Jungle Raid which resembles a real Jungle adventure of ropes, bridges, passages and tunnels of over 300 meters long. Alternatively take to the Bob, a high speed bob sleigh type ride which crosses 800 meters of the park.
Loro Parque - Tenerife
Zoo de Castellar - Cadiz
A rescue park/zoo that is still in the middle of a big reformation. The zoo in Cadiz only opened in 2002 to the public in a bid to raise funds and awareness of the animals rescued from the authorities and have been victims of the growing black market, or were in a situation in which no one could care of them. The people of this park are a true inspiration to give these rescued animals a second chance in life.
The many species which have come to the park are Alligator, Nile Crocodiles, Ostrich, Eagle Owls, Emus, Vultures, Capuchin monkeys, Lemur, Japanese macaque, Rhesus macaque, baboon, Llama, Porcupine and Wallabies. Recently the addition of a Bengal Tiger cub rescued from the black market has joined the park with the other resident female Bengal tiger. Along with other wild cats, the Lynx and the ocelot cat have also been rescued and are now living in the park grounds.
The zoo is wanting to really raise awareness of the problem of wild animals been passed through the black market and want to educate both children and adults. You get a very personal welcome and you may get the chance to touch and feed some of the animals.
Zoo de Castellar is located in the recreational area of the "Cerro del Moro" just outside the village of Castellar. The botanic garden, the animals and the friendly staff on hand make this a top day out for the whole family.
Zoo Madrid is Spain's biggest zoo with many expeditions from the Bird of Prey demonstrations, the Parrot flights, a Sea Lion display and not to miss the Dolphins. Alternatively you can get up close and personal with some species and learn all about the habitats and quirky personalities of each animal. Meet Lemur, wallabies, dolphins and if you are a qualified diver you can go dive within the sharks and have an experience of deep sea diving.
The zoo houses too many species to list! Species from all corners of the World and divided up into 7 themed installations, the Zoo, Aquarium, Dolphins, Aviary, Marine Mammals, Mysterious Nature and the small Animal farm.
Among the most popular species of the zoo are Ostrich, Bison, Camel, Deer, Asian Elephant, Emu, Gorilla, Hippos, Giraffe, Koala, Lion, Leopard, Bear, Giant Panda, Red Panda, Baboon, White Rhino and the Bengal Tiger.
The zoo has a good education program aimed at children with numerous events throughout the year and if you happen to fall in love with one of the animals you can adopt one where you will get updates, photos and news from your selected friend.
Lobo Park - Antequera
For those wolf lovers out there! Lobo park is just just that. Just a stone throw away from Antequera the park is full of wolves that are in a semi-natural habitat. Founded by Daniel Weigend and Alexandra Stieber, the park opened to the public in 2004 with an ambition to establish a unique wolf park that was made to fit the natural environment of a wolf. They want visitors to see how wolves would interact in a natural surrounding and to provide an area in which wolves can be wolves. The initial focus was to research social behavior among wolves within a natural zone.
They have 4 species which are the Timber wolf, Alaska Tundra, European wolf and the Iberian wolf which lives in Spain and Portugal. The guided wolf tour gives you an insight into how wolves live and socialize, not to mention a walk down the path to the view point where you can get a good look at them. And if you are looking for something a little bit different, you can join them on one of their regular wolf nights, normally carried out on full moons.
Elsewhere around the park is a petting zoo where everyone can get interactive with the animals. Don't miss out on seeing Oscar the cheeky fox, who has become a permanent feature at Lobo Park.
School education programs are in place for children to understand how to act and interact with domesticated animals, especially dogs. They can enjoy a full day here and learn all there is to know on handling and behaving around strange dogs, take a walk around the park and see the wolves and then enjoy a bit of fun activity at the end. You can even adopt your own wolf and support the work that Lobo Park offers.