While visiting Valencia Spain my family and I decided to visit the local wildlife park. This as a request from my five year old son who is going through an all “about animals” phase. Bioparc is one of the best zoos in the world, where visitors go into the huge exhibits to see the animals. We all had a great time in this park, especially the Madagascar area.

 

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Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

My family and I visited Valencia last December. I was excited about visiting, but I must admit that it truly surprised us, mainly due to all of the amazing family based activities to do in this gorgeous coastal city.

We had already been to lots of places in the city and enjoyed them all but there was yet another unique surprise waiting for us. This time we were visiting Bioparc Valencia. This is one of the top zoos in the world.

Why Bioparc Valencia is Not Like the Other Zoos

I found this place due to a request from my five year old son. He said that during our trip to Spain he wanted to visit as many animal parks as possible. Luckily the parent who chooses the places we visit is me. So I decided we would do one animal park. One was plenty for me.

Because we would only have time to visit one park, I made it my special mission to find the best one in each city we would visit.

For our Valencia visit I worked with the Valencia Tourism Board. Maximo took care of every question I had and helped me find the perfect spot for us. After a many back-and-forths I was convinced the Valencia’s zoo was the perfect spot for us.

The main theme in Bioparc is Africa. Most of the animals living in it come from that continent. There are also some from the surrounding islands, predominantly Madagascar.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

As I mentioned before this is one of the top zoos in the world. That is because of the amazing conditions that the animals live in. There are no cages here. Instead they have huge open spaces where the animals get plenty of space to run around. Due to the good quality of life, the chances of them procreating is higher.

Our first stop was in the African section in here they keep many species of large herbivores such as giraffes, zebras, the extremely endangered white rhinos, elephants, impalas and many more. This article would be too long if I tried to mention them all. The area is divided into many different habitats to suit the needs of the animals.

It is so big that we spent most of our time exploring each of the habitats. I couldn’t get over how large the spaces are. Plus animals look happy. They can move round and interact with other species that they would find at home.

They also have a reproduction of a cave in Kenya where, among other animals, you get to see crocodiles and hippopotamus. The only thing that separates you from them is a glass. My boys were going crazy looking at those huge creatures.

Interesting Fact – Did you know that there are only 500 giraffes left in the wild?

The Madagascar Immersion Zone

We left this one for last and I’m glad we did! To us this was by far the best and most fun park in the whole zoo. My boys loved seeing the cute animals. The Madagascar Immersion area is all about experiencing and almost becoming part of the daily life of lemurs.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

However, the best part was taking a free guided tour of this area. We visited late in the afternoon, only an hour before the park closed. Apparently during this time having a guide is necessary. Quite frankly, this is way better since you also learn about the exhibition in more detail. During the tour you literally are right there with the animals only a few inches away.

You are not allowed to go and touch lemurs but if they come to you, they allow you to say hello to these cute guys.

The flora that you find within this habitat is also native from Madagascar. It is the same that the animals would find if they were home.

You are also allowed to spend as much time as you want here.

This was by far our favorite part of the day.

Conclusion

We had a blast in the park. However it is always full. To avoid crowds, you might want to consider coming two hours before it closes. That way people are starting to leave. When we were there we were almost the only ones in the entire zoo, making it feel like it was our own private playground.