The Bioparc Fuengirola Zoo is a must visit destination in Costa del Sol. It is perfect for anyone and every one of all age groups, and is an excellent way to spend a few hours during your Costa del Sol holiday. Bioparc Fuengirola is a small but well laid out zoo, located right in the centre of Fuengirola, Costa del Sol. In a short period of time, it has established itself as one of the top zoos in Europe, and has gained worldwide recognition.
What makes this zoo different from conventional zoos is how it is set up – natural habitats have been recreated, and the animals live side-by-side. This way, visitors can step in to the animal’s own natural environment, with vegetation and water elements, and observe how animals behave in nature. The zoo has three different areas representing Africa, Asia and Madagascar – visitors can stroll along and feel the magic of walking through all these different well recreated environments whilst discovering their inhabitants.
Bioparc Fuengirola Zoo features a tropical woodland recreation called the ‘Jungle Clearing’ with embankments, rocks, waterfalls, trunks and realistic trees. There is a spectacular baobab tree in the Madagascar area which is one of the largest artificial trees in the world. Visitors can experience numerous species of mammals, reptiles and birds, all in the same place at the same time. Another noteworthy reproduction to look out for is ‘The Mangrove’, which includes an underwater view of fish, birds and turtle.
The Bioparc houses a total of 130 different species, with over 1400 animals in residents, with preservation and conservation of animals being a major theme. It cooperates with breeding programs of various species, such as the endangered Sumatra Tiger, the Malayan False Gavial, the Blue Duiker and gorillas. Recently in April 2014, the zoo was featured in international headlines when an endangered hamster-sized deer was born there, capturing the hearts of the world.
The Bioparc Fuengirola Zoo is open until midnight in July and August during the warm summer nights – it is the only zoo in the world that does this, in addition to the Singapore Zoo. By creating the effect of moonlight using special lighting techniques, visitors can stroll through the zoo for a mysterious night time world of the tropical woodlands.