Bioparc, the next generation of zoo situated in the city of Valencia, recently celebrated its 6th birthday. Centred about the philosophy of zoo immersion, Bioparc Valencia enables visitors to integrate into wild habitats such as the African savannah, the wetlands, Madagascar and equatorial forests, all the while avoiding the use of physical and visual barriers usually present in other zoos around the world. This unique setup creates a feeling of seamless continuity between the various habitats as well as the space shared between the animals and the visiting public.
The philosophy behind Bioparc Valencia also allows different animals to live together in groups, a key component for their social interaction, as well as to share the habitat with other species as they would do in the wild. Predators are separated by barriers which are invisible to the naked eye, in this way recreating the various ecosystems that together cover an area of more than 100,000 m2, where the flora is just as important as the fauna itself. The Great Apes area is particularly impressive, as Bioparc is the only zoo in the world where these animals can roam free, climbing above visitors’ heads and even walking along a fallen tree on a path used by the public.
Bioparc Valencia features a wide variety of animals to observe, including the African elephant, the white rhinoceros, the African rock python, lions, giraffes, impalas, camels, pygmy hippopotami, meerkats, the Madagascar boa, the African forest buffalo, chimpanzees, gorillas, leopards and the Nile crocodile. Bioparc Valencia is also the only place in Spain where these hippopotami can be viewed underwater.