A new model of zoo
The Bioparc Fuengirola is a new type of zoo, a new model that is based on respecting nature and preserving natural species of animals. This model has already been hailed as the flagship of how zoos throughout Europe should develop.
Animals living in their natural habitat
At this zoo the animals live side-by-side with other animals in conditions that recreate the natural habitat to increase each animal’s development and possibility of its being released one day into the wild. When visiting here, visitors step into a world of dense tropical woodland or open grassland.
Ethical reasons for keeping animals in captivity
The owners of the bioparc feel that in today’s world there is no ethical sense in keeping animals in captivity unless in doing so it helps the preservation of that species within the natural world. The bioparc is different from other zoos in that it immerses its visitors into the natural world of its animals. The zoo is intended to be a stroll through each environment so that visitors can visualize each species in its natural habitat in a space provided for the upkeep and wellbeing for each animal.
Habitats recreated in a foreign land
Within the bioparc the habitats recreated are that of Africa, Asia and Madagascar, environments very foreign to that of southern Spain. The themed designs include embankments, waterfalls, rocks and tree trunks. There are even realistic trees imported into the bioparc. There is one of the world’s largest artificial trees, the 25m high baobab tree that has now become a symbol of Fuengirola.
Before the bioparc first opened in 2001, the intention was to house animal species that were endangered in the wild. A selective plan was introduced with a total of 130 species selected that now holds 1400 individuals in residence at the zoo. One of the success stories has been the Sumatra Tiger. It is regarded as being critically endangered with just 250 remaining in the wild, the introduction of a breeding programme at the bioparc has seen the successful breeding of new cubs of this species. Other successes include the first successful breeding of a Malayan False Gavial in captivity as well as the Blue Duiker, the bioparc has the only group of breeding gorillas in Spain.