Boas, tarantulas, piranhas, alligators… only the very brave would dare to cross the Amazon jungle. Some 800 of these tender creatures, covering 50 different species, have just arrived at Selwo Marina. Two new rooms known as Amazonia, dedicated exclusively to the flora and fauna of this intrinsic ecosystem, enable the visitor to view from behind a pane of glass animals that in different circumstances could make the hair or even the boldest spectator stand on end.
The park, which is located next to the Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena and covers an area of almost two hectares, features reproductions of a number of different habitats.
Immaculate Caribbean beaches ring to pleasant calls that announce the much awaited arrival of the dolphins, a must for our aquatic photo album.
Meanwhile, the impatient roars of the sea lions implore their more acrobatic companions to finish their show, eager for their own turn to entertain the audience. Bruno, a sea lion weighing over 300 kilos, is a most affectionate companion, taking advantage of any momentary lapses of attention to plant the hairiest of kisses on visitors’ faces with his enormous snout. And now, time to take more photos of yet another never-to-be-forgotten experience: a swim these enormous hairy “seals”, a practice that has proved enormously successful since its inception in 2005.
In the Exotic Bird Enclosure, vividly-coloured toucans, parrots, cockatoos and macaws can be seen riding bicycles, learning to count and even completing jigsaw puzzles.
On Ice Island, newly-arrived penguins, waddle awkwardly across the snow beneath an artificial aurora borealis. Alongside the Magellan, Gentoo and Rockhopper varieties, the second-largest of all the species of this curious animal, the spectacular King Penguin, further swells the ranks of this family of tail-coated creatures in Andalusia’s only enclosure.
ADDRESS: Parque de la Paloma, s/n
Night time dolphin shows at 22:15 h.