This is a great, good value, and pretty well unique day out for all the family. Forget any thought of it being a zoo, with animals cramped in cages. Or a safari park, where you drive to watch but never get up close. This is something different altogether.
The animals – some 300 of them – have wide open spaces to roam. You stroll between them on a concrete walkway, zigzagging round a landscaped plot. The animals that could do you damage are way down below. And those that can’t are so up close you can touch them.
A breath of fresh air is there are no ‘don’t feed the animals’ warnings. Instead you are free to do the opposite. As a result you’ll find huge brown bears pleading for your food, and goats and others ready to take it right out of your hand.
Wonderful too is this is not a big commercial sell. Of course the exit is ‘through the gift shop’ but that’s the extent of trying to wring the last Euro from you. In contrast there’s so much to experience and learn.
Each animal has very informative information alongside its pen – in both Spanish and real English. There are a couple of good shows too – falcons and seals – with the commentary in Spanish but easy to follow.
Top tips: Take hand wipes – to clean off animal lick and the bird poo you’ll be bound to graze on the handrails. Plan a picnic – there are lots of designated areas to eat. Wear shoes for walking – as there’s lots of it but nothing challenging. Take swim things if its hot enough for a dip in the pool that’s all part of the adventure.
But don’t expect to find it easily. The signs are poor to say the least. Sat Nav will get you close and then look for the tubes of the water park that’s right next door.
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