Valencia Bioparc

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Bioparc Valencia
Date opened 2008
Location Valencia, Spain
Coordinates 39°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 area 10 ha (25 acres)
Number of animals 4000
Website www.bioparcvalencia.es

Bioparc Valencia is a 10-hectare (25-acre) zoo 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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