Since time immemorial, human beings have wanted to enjoy nature and the animals that populated it, becoming captives since ancient times, representing more or less fortunate their ecosystems and reaching our days. These places are the zoos and for a long time they were the place of exhibition of exotic animals but under conditions that in some lamentable cases.
Today, the situation has changed and these exhibition halls have become sites for conservation, education and training on wildlife. Only privileged people can enjoy the exotic nature in their natural habitat and today, thanks to technology, they adapt and replicate ecosystems in the same city. These places are conservation centers not only to enjoy the vision of these species, but as centers of recovery to reintroduce or recover endangered species, many maintained by foundations. Andalusia has some of these enclosures that allow you to enjoy nature and be a source of disclosure.
In this post we show the most known and important according to their task :, of which we can enjoy species that are located in the 5 continents.
1. Zoobotanico de Jerez: Opened in 1953, it went from being an exhibition center for exotic and strange species (case of the white tiger) to a conservation center involved in recovery, recovery and conservation of endangered species. Years ago began with the recovery of the red panda emblem of the zoo for many years, however for two decades it has been breeding Ibis Hermit, a species that after more than 5 centuries, has been recovered for breeding in the Natural Park of the Strait of Gibraltar . The Botanical Zoo follows the breeding program of the Iberian Lynx and has recently started a recovery program for the Iberian Wolf. Numerous educational and training activities contribute to the spread of wildlife.
2. Zoo of Córdoba: the zoo of the Caliphate capital was a center that was about to be closed, however a change of administration and mentality, led to a turn and participation in projects of breeding and recovery of various species such as the wolf Iberian. In summer the center organizes a series of activities such as night stays in the same for children and discover the wildlife at night. It has a breeding colony of Mora tortoise, terrestrial turtle that in Andalusia only lives in the Doñana Park.
3. Sealife de Benalmádena: one of the first aquariums in Andalusia, with species of all pairs, whose novelty, as in the great American centers, was to have manual contact with species such as blankets, rays, shark eggs, etc. The activities organized by the center, among them is the contact in private with species in very small groups, especially for children that allow contact with marine species. It was one of the first enclosures where sharks were raised in Andalusia.
4. Bioparc de Fuengirola: Center opened in 1977, reformed in 1999 and acquired by Bioparc, as one of the best conservation areas for tropical species representing and emulating the jungle and tropical ecosystems of America, Asia and Africa. The center is involved in the recovery of species such as the leopard of Sri Lanka, the orangutan of Borneo or the gorilla. We must not forget that it is home to the Komodo Dragon, the largest and poisonous lizard on Earth and unique in its kind in Andalusia.
5. Seville Aquarium: Opened with an immense saltwater tank with Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean species. Highlight its bull shark and other non-marine species such as yacaré, anaconda and sea turtles. The center organizes night activities for children as well as private dives to emulate the stay with animals in an absolutely underwater environment. The center plans to continue with its expansion in the coming years.
6. Mundo Park (Guillena): It is a zoo created as a foundation by José Luis Malpartida (specialist and animal breeder of cinema), whose mission is the conservation of species as well as the recovery of exotic species abandoned in native ecosystems. In this enclosure you can enjoy a falconry experience and enjoy direct contact with raptors.