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A little bit about killer whales: Tenerife Zoo

Hello darlings! How are you feeling? We are still in Tenerife and today we will set off to look at the animals in Loro Park in the north of the island.

HISTORY

Loro Park is Tenerife's most visited zoo. It is located near Puerto de la Cruz. It began at one time with a very small territory with 150 parrots. In Spanish, loro is a parrot. Today there are about 4 thousand of them. All colors, sizes and voices. Fifteen hundred chicks are born annually in the park and then are being sent around the world. This helps restore populations to specific areas.

Why is it the park of parrots? Because it was the first pet of the park founder — Wolfgang Kissling. Until the age of 33, he was an airline manager. Until he got to Tenerife and decided to stay here. And in order to somehow earn a living, he founded this park.

WHAT TO SEE

At the entrance, oddly enough, everything is decorated in Thai style. Due to the influence of the culture on Wolfgang. Here in the pond there are so to speak Japanese carps swimming. There are so many of them that it looks more like carps with added water rather than a pond with carps. They are very greedy, like piranhas swallowing everything that enters the reservoir in a second.

Loro Penguinarium is one of the largest in the world. It appeared in 1999. Every day, a special cannon, like in ski resorts, throws 12 tons of snow. To make the whole atmosphere exactly like in Antarctica. But they are very funny. They stick like little children to their caretakers, begging for a fresh fish.

There is a dolphinarium. Everything is standard here — dolphins, sea lions. But what usually attracts the most attention is killer whales. They moved here from the American Sea World in 2006. Very wayward animals, so the performances even during the day can be very different. On the front lines of the show there are special ‘wet’ places for more fun lovers.

There is also a huge aquarium with a glass tunnel and sharks floating above the heads. There are beautiful aquariums with jellyfish. They are located in a special dark room so that to dive deeper into their translucent flowing world.

Naturally there is no zoo without cats. There is a white tiger. Lions and lionesses. The lions as always sleep all day long and the lionesses are on duty. And many others — gorillas, monkeys, iguanas, anteaters, sloths, otters, capybaras. More recently, two red pandas were moved here from Britain. A special aviary has been erected for them, taking into account their lifestyle in the wild.

INFORMATION

Four kinds of performances are held daily in different parts of Loro Park: fur seals, dolphins, killer whales and parrots. They are included in the ticket price and you do not need to pay anything extra. The schedule allows you to see all the submissions in one day. In summer, it is better to take up space 20 minutes before the start of the performance.

Submission schedule:

Orca show 11:45 | 14:00 | 16:45

The show of fur seals 09:35 | 12:30 | 14:15 | 15:30 | 16:55

Dolphin show 11:00 | 13:15 | 14:45 | 16:00

A show of parrots 10:25 | 11:50 | 13:30 | 15:00 | 16:00 | 17:30

Duration of all submissions: 20 min.

In general, it takes about 5 hours to visit the entire park.

HOW TO GET THERE

A bus 343 runs from Playa de las Americas to Puerto de la Cruz. The travel time is 1:45. Departure from the bus station at 9:00 and 11:30. From the final stop in Puerto de la Cruz to Loro Park there is about 20 min. Back to Las Americas, the last bus leaves at 18:00. From Los Gigantes there is bus number 325.

If you go by car, the park has a paid parking — 4 euros for the whole day. But it’s better than driving around the neighboring streets for hours in search of a place. Because there probably will be no one.

Keep in touch! MarrySav

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