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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrBioparc Valencia is a zoo attraction in the heart of Valencia, Spain. It consists of 25 acres of land within the former bed of the Turia River, which has been transformed into an extensive park filled with attractions like museums, gardens, playgrounds, walking paths, and sports facilities in recent years. This popular zoo is different from other European zoos because it uses “zoo-immersion”, a new zoo concept which allows visitors to be immersed in the animal habitats by separating them from the animals using streams, rocks, and other natural features instead of fences and cages. If you love animals, you should certainly reserve some time to visit this one-of-a-kind zoo in Valencia.
AttractionsBioparc Valencia features a wide variety of habitats that represent areas such as the savanna, forests, and wetlands of Africa which are home to dozens of animals.
African SavannaThe zoo’s African savanna habitat represents areas such as the arid lands of Kenya and Somalia. Animals that can be found in this habitat include rhinos, ostriches, zebras, aardvarks, hyenas, porcupines, and pythons. It also features popular animals such as lions, giraffes, camels, and African elephants.
Equatorial ForestThis area of the zoo contains animals like pygmy hippos, pelicans, boa constrictors, geckos, and leopards. It is also the site of a forest which is home to a family of chimpanzees, as well as an interpretive center where you can view groups of gorillas and other fascinating primates up close.
African WetlandsIf you like crocodiles, turtles, frogs, and fish, then you’ll love the African wetlands habitat, which is filled with all kinds of colorful amphibians and reptiles.
MadagascarThe Isla de Madagascar habitat features some of the many diverse species found on this island off the coast of Africa, including several species of lemurs, flamingos, and colorful storks.
FilmsYou can learn more about the animals in the park by attending one of their daily film showings. Films include Documental Bioparc, a 10-minute documentary of the history of the zoo, and Los herederos del arca, a fascinating 50-minute documentary.
Mammal and Bird ExhibitionOne of the most popular attractions at Bioparc Valencia is its daily exhibition which uses live mammals and birds from the zoo to teach visitors about animal behaviors and the various characteristics that help them to defend themselves or hunt for food. Shows take place in an amphitheater which holds 1,000 people, and are held daily at 13:00, as well as at 16:00 on Saturdays and holidays. In July and August, shows take place at 16:30 and 19:30 each day.
Keeper TalksIf you’re interested in chimpanzees, gorillas, birds, or elephants, you can attend informative talks in their respective habitats.
DiningThere are multiple dining options within the zoo, including a cafeteria, a restaurant, and a snack bar. Cafetería Kidepo sells breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and sandwiches in the African savanna area of the zoo, while Restaurante Samburu offers a buffet and a wide variety of meals each afternoon from 13:00 until 16:00. There’s also Zona Ndoki, a snack bar where you can get things like hamburgers, pinchos, and sandwiches for a low price. There is also a playground for small children to enjoy near the snack bar.
Gift ShopThe zoo also has a gift shop that sells all kinds of animal-themed items, including clothing, toys, books, and jewelry.
Practical InformationHere’s everything you need to know in order to plan your visit to Bioparc Valencia.
Public transportation: If you don’t want to walk or ride a bike to Bioparc Valencia while enjoying the many beautiful paths that weave along the Turia riverbed, you can also reach the zoo by bus or metro. EMT bus lines 3, 29, 61, 67, 81 and 95 all stop at Bioparc Valencia, while the nearest metro stop is Nou d’Octubre, which can be reached using metro lines 3 and 5.
Parking: The zoo has its own designated parking area, which costs a maximum of €5 for the day.
Address: Avenida Pío Baroja, 3, 46015 Valencia, Spain
Hours: Bioparc Valencia is open daily from 10:00 until between 17:00 and 20:00 depending on the season. You can find more information regarding their hours on the zoo’s official website.
Prices: Admission is approximately €25 for adults and €18 for children, with additional discounts for students and seniors. Children under 4 receive free admission. If you’re also looking for a hotel in the area, there are numerous hotels in Valencia that provide discount deals that include lodging and admission to Bioparc Valencia. More information can be found on the Bioparc Valencia website.
Nearby LandmarksNearby landmarks in Valencia’s Turia riverbed include L'Oceanogràfic, Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, which are all part of the City of Arts and Sciences attraction.
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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: Jun 29, 2015