Palmitos Park

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Palmitos Park
Palmitos Park logo.png
Delfine Palmitos Park 2010.JPG
Date opened 1978 (1978)
Re-opened:
2008 (2008)
Location Gran Canaria, Spain
Coordinates 27°50′01″N 15°37′02″W / 27.833621°N 15.617162°W / 27.833621; -15.617162Coordinates: 27°50′01″N 15°37′02″W / 27.833621°N 15.617162°W / 27.833621; -15.617162
Land area 49 acres
No. of species Cacti:
160
Palm trees:
42
Birds:
230
Major exhibits Dolphins, birds of prey, eagles, owls, reptiles, gibbons, meerkats, exotic birds, aquarium
Website www.palmitospark.es (Spanish)

Palmitos Park is a 20-hectare (49-acre) botanical garden, aviary and zoo on the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

Geography & climate[edit]

The park is located in a countryside-like area, near Pilancones Natural Park, towards south of the island; about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of the tourist beaches and dunes of Maspalomas, but towards the interior. The park has a humid subtropical climate.

Layout[edit]

There is a terrace near a fountain, along a path that leads up to the amphitheater where flying birds of prey perform in shows. Next to the amphitheater there is a snack bar, and a small café can be found in the park.

One feature of the park is the great wealth of cacti and succulents. There are over 160 different cactus types, and 1000 palm trees of 42 different types.[1]

Parrot-like birds are well represented in the park, but other types of birds can also be found, including swans and ducks. Overall, there are over 1,500 exotic birds of 230 different species. Many fly freely around the park.

Palmitos Park holds Europe's largest butterfly venue, as well as the biggest Orchid collection on the island.[2]

Near the exit - behind the souvenir shop, one can admire hummingbirds that fly very visibly in front of their food.

Sections of the park[edit]

  • Butterfly house with (mainly living) butterflies.
  • Pond with water birds
  • Dolphinarium with 4 dolphins,[3] and live dolphin shows interacting with the audience.
  • Dolphin Photo Opportunity where members of the public can have their photo taken while stroking a dolphin (additional fee)
  • Swim with Dolphins opportunity (additional fee)
  • Glass cages with hummingbirds
  • House of orchids
  • Terrace near fountain
  • Amphitheater with shows with flying birds of prey
  • Presentation room with documentaries and shows with trained parrots
  • Souvenir shop
  • Aquaria with many kinds of fish and other underwater animals

Gallery[edit]

2007 Gran Canaria forest fires[edit]

On July 31, 2007 it was reported in the media that almost 65% of the park was burned due to ten[4] forest fires, and that some exotic bird species - such as the toucan - may have been killed. The forest fires caused evacuations of certain parts of Gran Canaria and Tenerife. A local Forest Ranger was accused of starting the fires intentionally in order to keep him in employment as his contract was due to expire.[5]

Over 2000 people from the village of Mogán were evacuated, as well as El Salobre. No human lives were lost during the fire, but many houses were burned to the ground. Smoke was clearly visible from space.[6][7]

Because Palmitos Park was severely affected by the fire, it was closed for a whole year. The park opened for the public again August 4, 2008. It has a new section with information about the forest fire.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ JustGranCanaria.com. "Palmitos Park". JustGranCanaria.com. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Palmitos Park | Other attractions". www.palmitospark.es. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  3. ^ Palmitos Park Ceta-Base
  4. ^ http://julsko.net/en/2007/07/30/gran-canaria-is-still-burning/
  5. ^ "Spanish Leader To Visit Blazing Islands". news.sky.com. Sky News. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.canarias7.es/multimedia/galeria.cfm?id=1685&n=1
  7. ^ http://julsko.net/en/2007/07/30/gran-canaria-is-still-burning/

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