Loro Parque – Tenerife
Although loro means parrot in Spanish don’t be fooled into thinking that this a park solely dedicated to them. Oh no – this amazing attraction has been voted best zoo in Europe and has a massive range of animals, exhibitions, installations and shows that well warrant a whole day visit if not more.
Some of the best features include:
Who doesn’t like a penguin? Well here’s your chance to see thousands of the cute little blighters in the world’s largest facility of its kind.
Replicating the various habitats of penguins around the world Planet Penguin produces 12 tons of snow everyday to make sure they feel at home in an environment of icebergs, boulders and deep cold waters.
Other areas are kept at warmer temperatures for those species, such as the Humboldts, that come from the west coast of South America.
Filled with over 1.2million litres of water and home to more than 20,000 aquatic species and marine plants, the Aquarium at the Loro Parque gives a magical insight into the underwater world.
A walk through the shark tunnel is a spooky experience with these streamlined predators manoeuvring all around you. Equally shudder-inducing is the piranha tank with thousands of the sharp toothed flesh eaters swarming around the tank.
The clue to this attraction is in the name. An enormous free flight aviary – over 20 metres high with a volume of some 27,000 cubic metres – containing jungle walkways and bridges that take you through various levels from the ground to the treetops.
This attraction is home to more than 200 birds representing 25 species from Australia and Asia including emus, golden pheasants, roul-roul partridges, lorikeets and kookaburras.
This amazing attraction has been voted best zoo in Europe and has a massive range of animals, exhibitions, installations and shows that well warrant a whole day visit if not more.
This huge natural enclosure with waterfalls, trees, plants, rocks and private living quarters is home to the largest group of captive lowland gorillas in the world.
As part of Loro Parque’s commitment to conservation this enclosure was created in conjunction with the European Breeding Programme for Animals in Danger of Extinction. The main goal was to help conserve this species by ensuring a good genetic variety within the population.
For the visitor it’s just amazing to watch these magnificent primates interacting with each other, eating and playing. Be sure to have your camera ready.
As we all know Killer Whales aren’t whales at all but come from the dolphin family and as such are highly intelligent creatures.
The Orca Ocean attraction, with seats for nearly 2,000 visitors, showcases the power and dexterity of the orcas with a spectacular set of tricks and manoeuvres that clearly demonstrate why these mammals are right up there in the marine food chain.