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 © Zoològic de Barcelona
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 | This article is listed in the sections Zoos and animal parks, Columns and Magazine.

The great Barcelona Zoo

Since 1982 there is a terrain in Barcelona that captivates both young and old alike who yearn to escape from the noise and pollution of the city for one moment to discover countless corners of the world through extensive flora and fauna. For more than 120 years now, the citizens of Barcelona, throughout the country and throughout the world see in this zoo a haven of peace and fresh air, and appreciate its credible role in the conservation of species.

People from Barcelona older than 20 years still have a hard time to get the names of the killer whale and the white gorilla, Ulisses and Floquet de Neu (Snowflake), out of their mind. Both of them ranged among the splendid symbols of the Catalonian capital in the 90ies. Despite the whale moving to Sea World San Diego in 1994 and the natural death of the gorilla in 2003, two happenings that led to the assumption that the Zoo Barcelona would have lost its prime attractiveness, it has never welcomed more annual visitors than in the past season.

 © Xavi Rodriguez
© Xavi Rodriguez
A big skeleton welcomes visitors
The zoological park is currently housing hundreds of animal species: mammals, amphibians, reptiles and a valueable collection of birds as well as dozens of areas representing places around the world, one of them holds the largest urban heronry in Europe. Moreover, there are first-class facilities to be found, such as the huge indoor dolphinarium Aquarama where visitors can observe sea lions and dolphins, a Children's Zoo with native animals where the little ones experience close encounters with farm animals, special enclosures for Komodo dragons or chimpanzees as well as a newly redesigned section dedicated to elephants, giraffes and rhinoceros.

Ruthless political weapon

As wild as the residents of the Zoo Barcelona are, so are the political guidelines that have been carried out in the park over the last decade. More than a few financial scandals or also the urban macro projects made this zoo so iconic.

The Barcelona City Council, proprietor running the zoo via its public limited company BSM, has several times taken positions on its way of managing the zoological garden regarding, for example, the bad management of the park's African setting, the lack of funding which caused expansion, modification or reconditioning projects of the enclosures to be stopped, the constant struggle to build a huge marine animal park in short distance of the already existing one (this project is postponed, due to the economic situation, until 2015 at the earliest) or the immoderate promotion of a programme which should perhaps be educative and cultural, rather than lucrative and commercial.

More impressions of Parc Zoològic de Barcelona

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  • Bild aus Fotogalerie<br />© Xavi Rodriguez
  • Bild aus Fotogalerie<br />© Xavi Rodriguez
  • Bild aus Fotogalerie<br />© Xavi Rodriguez
  • Bild aus Fotogalerie<br />© Xavi Rodriguez
  • Flamingos im Zoo Barcelona<br />© Oh-Barcelona.com
  • Elefant im Zoo Barcelona<br />© Motarile
  • Giraffe im Zoo Barcelona<br />© jenny-bee
  • Flusspferde im Zoo Barcelona<br />© Will Palmer

Either way, luckily Zoo Barcelona continues to be one of the places where people like to access in the morning, stroll around the lush groves, listen to all the animal species singing canticles or roaring, take photos wherever they please and learn the valuable lession which nature constantly tries to teach us: humans are not the only ones on earth.

Please note
The texts writen by our column writers express their personal opinions and do not necessarily represent the views of the parkscout editorial.

Information on the writer Xavi Rodríguez (Jivo)

Xavi Rodríguez, aged 28, decided on a beautiful day to travel and cover one by one the parks on his way around the world. He still is fascinated by the magic and charm of each and every one of them. He has been furnishing his blog bloggercoaster.com with writings that intend to reflect his personal and critical point of view, without being tied to any park in particular, offering the chance to get to know new all types of parks ranging from the unknown to the most well-known. As he loves the thematical quality, the old school touch and the detailed work, he confesses that he is a fan of the unmistakable European style.

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