Lyn’s Favourite Article of 2020. Travelling Round Tenerife; The Truth, Warts & All! Part 5. Loro Parque
In 1495 the Spanish landed at Santa Cruz, La Laguna and the island was deserted.
At the bottom of a ravine at La Matanza, the Guanchos, the natives of the Canary Islands, were hiding. They attacked the Spanish and killed most of them. The survivors managed to get back to their ships and sail to Gran Canaria.
They returned in 1496 and fought The Conquest of Tenerife. This time the Guanchos were annihilated. They didn’t stand a chance. It was the last island of the Canaries to be won.
We drove through this area on our way to Loro Park. Although Loro is Spanish for parrot, Loro Park is a zoo with a large selection of animals.
There are seats, toilets and refreshments nearby wherever you go.
Every animal enclosure is thoughtfully built so they can be seen, but they have plenty of room to move around.
It opened in1972 and there are more than 150 staff. Although it has been closed during the lockdown there is always plenty to do.
The penguins have a huge enclosure. They have all been brought there as eggs. There is over 12 tons of fresh snow added every day. The light is dim like nighttime as penguins are nocturnal. You watch them on a moving platform.
We all gasped at the two albino tigers. Their muscles ripple as they slowly walk along.
There are three aqua shows, walrus, dolphins and giant orca whales.
It was obvious that the walrus adored their trainers. And so did the dolphins. They really enjoyed showing off to us, leaping out of the water in perfect harmony.
How on earth do they train giant whales? Three of them swam over and half jumped out of their pool, resting their fins on the concrete and staring at us like old men in an office.
A mother jaguar flopped down on the other side of the glass from us and roared half-heartedly, warning us not to come near her babies.
fish were hypnotic. There were lots of different species floating in their tanks and forming beautiful patterns.
Apart from all these, there is a family of chimpanzees, rescued from another zoo, parrots (of course) who can live to 50, lemur, flamingos, sharks, and much more.
Some people disapprove of zoos. But if I was an animal I’d be happy there! Research goes on all the time, and interaction with other zoos all over the world. They have breeding programs for endangered species. The animals are regularly checked and there are vets on standby.
Avda. Loro Parque 38400
Puerto de la Cruz
Tel +34 922 373 841