One of the best zoos in the world. An accolade earned by providing magnificent facilities: bamboo- shrouded temples, giant trees, dense waterfalls, mystical caves, suspension bridges…
By creating an exact reproduction of the original habitat of the tropical forests of Madagascar, Equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia, where leopards, otters, chimpanzees, flying foxes (fruit-eating bats with a fox like face) or meerkats) the animal on which the “Timon” character in the film “The Lion King” was based) stamp themselves on the memories of the thousands of tourists who pour through its gates each year.
One of the best zoos in the world because it has broken down architectural barriers to offer unrestricted views and thus encourage interaction between man and beast. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Madagascar Forest, guarded by Great Baobab (a 26 metre-high African tree), where lemurs leap freely all around us. Or in the “Jungle Clearing” exhibition, in which over 40 trained animals, including armadillos, peccaries and racoons, take part.
One of the best zoos in the world because it supports European Breeding Programmes for species whose survival is in severe peril. So the Gorilla, Sumatran Tiger, Chital Dear and Binturong (specie of giant mongoose) enjoy some respite here from their terrible plight, repopulation colonies with animals born in captivity. Romina, a pygmy hippopotamus cub, and Nancy, a baby gibbon, both born in 2005, are the two newest members of this veritable Noah’s Ark right here in Fuengirola.
Each step in the zoo is a new adventure. So, you are advised to replenish your energy at one of the several theme-based dining areas. After our meal, the creatures of the night still await us, visible thanks to the enclosure’s special lighting, which makes it one of only two nocturnal zoos to be found in the whole world, and the only one of its kind in Europe.
Address: Avda. Camilo Jose Cela, 6.
Open daily all year round from 10:00 am
July and August: Open until 1:00 am