Valencia Bioparc

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Bioparc Valencia
Date opened2008
LocationValencia, Spain
Coordinates39°28′41″N 0°24′25″W / 39.478°N 0.407°W / 39.478; -0.407Coordinates: 39°28′41″N 0°24′25″W / 39.478°N 0.407°W / 39.478; -0.407
Land area10 ha (25 acres)
No. of animals4000
Websitewww.bioparcvalencia.es

Bioparc Valencia is a 10-hectare (25-acre) zoo park in Valencia, Spain.[1] It is owned by the City Council of Valencia and designed and managed by Rainforest (a private Spanish company devoted to building and managing zoos), it has a large collection of African fauna.[2]

Located in Valencia's Turia riverbed, most of the animals moved to the new Bioparc facilities from the old city's zoo when the park opened in 2008.[3]

Zoo Concept[edit]

The concept of the zoo, called Zooimersion in Spanish, consists of immersing visitors into the animals' habitat and not vice versa; this is achieved by not using the traditional railings and cages that are common in many zoos, using instead rivers, ponds, streams and rocks to separate visitors from the animals.[4] Also, great care has been taking in reproducing the eco-systems, including an important collection of African flora.[1][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unknown Author. "Step right into the heart of Africa in Valencia's Bioparc". Reality Sense. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  2. ^ Unknown author 1. "Fuengirola Zoo cambia su nombre" (PDF) (in Spanish). Rainforest. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  3. ^ Unknown author 4. "Abre el Bioparc" (in Spanish). Valencia: El Mercantil Valenciano. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b Velert, Sara. "Valencia abre un zoo sin rejas ni jaulas". El País (in Spanish). Madrid. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  5. ^ Unknown 3. "¿Qué es Bioparc Valencia?" (in Spanish). Bioparc Valencia. Retrieved 25 August 2011.

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