Visiting Loro Parque
If you’re planning a family vacation to the island of Tenerife, Loro Parque is a must-have on your trip itinerary. The zoo is located on the northern edge of the island and is home to dozens of exotic animals and exciting exhibits that will make the kids Oooh and Aaah. Loro Parque was recently voted the Best Zoo in Europe, and we’re here to show you why.
First and foremost, we’ll address the elephant in the room; treatment of the animals. In the past, the organization was criticized for the treatment of its killer whales, as their breeding practices were cruel and unjust. Loro Parque listened to the critics and ended all practices of orca breeding in 2016. One year later, the zoo became the first facility in Europe to be Humane Certified, indicating that they meet the world’s highest animal treatment standards.
Sea Lions and Tigers and Birds, Oh My!
While the facility is a mere 33-acres, you’ll feel like you’ve traversed continents as you venture between exhibits. With birds, mammals, reptiles and fish from across the globe, some of the parks most popular exhibits feature lions, gorillas, alligators, and the rare red panda. For Loro Parque’s full list of exhibits, visit their website: www.loroparque.com/animals.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the many exhibits and activities offered at Loro Parque. If you’re looking to get the most out of your visit, we recommend booking a Discovery Tour. These tours last just under 2 hours and will lead your family on a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo. During your guided trip around Loro Parque, you’ll learn about each animal’s journey to Loro Parque, their specific treatment regimes, and fun facts about what makes each animal unique and important to the environment.
For an exclusive experience with premium perks, upgrade to the Premium Tour. Enjoy a three-course meal at one of their zoo-themed restaurants, reserved show seats, and a day-long itinerary of exciting events.
While Loro Parque is recognized as the top zoo in Europe, we can’t forget to credit them for the aquatic portion of the facility. Within the Loro Parque aquarium, you’ll find a variety of marine life that are equally as stunning as the surrounding ocean. Their featured exhibits include the Dolphin pool, Planet Penguin, and Orca Ocean. The dolphin and orca pools offer frequent shows that highlight the extreme intelligence and beauty of these sea creatures as they dance and sing for the crowds.
When you walk into the aquarium, you’ll feel as if you’ve just submerged into the deep blue sea. As you walk through their underwater tunnel, you’ll see sharks, rays, and bright fish swim inches above your head. Massive tanks feature deep sea creatures that you certainly won’t come across during an average swim on Tenerife’s beautiful beaches.
When you visit Tenerife, you’re visiting an island full of history and culture. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the island through museums, landmarks, and immersing yourself in everyday life. Inspire your kids to keep learning by bringing them to one of the most educational environmental facilities in the world. You may spark your child’s interest in wildlife conservation or other animal science by booking a Discovery Tour. In addition, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two!
Tenerife is a beautiful island filled with a diverse group of animals that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Loro Parque offers a close-up, educational glimpse at some of these local animals, as well as a range of animals from across the globe. The 33-acre zoo offers a long list of activities, so long that you may need to return tomorrow. If you’re planning a family trip to Tenerife, make sure to include Loro Parque in your itinerary.