Friday, September 07, 2007

A Day at the Safari Park

Recently we had a day off so we decided to have a family trip to Rio Safari Park in Elche, as we had been given some discount tickets for 3 euros off entry.

The safari park is situated about 5 minutes from Santa Pola on the Santa Pola to Elche Road. We arrived when it opened at 10.30am to miss the crowds. The staff at the ticket counter were very helpful and explained when the animal shows and train safari would take place.

We started by looking at the chimpanzees and the fur seals before the train ride. The fur seal enclosure had a below water level viewing window, and it was wonderful to see them swimming and gracefully playing in the water.

The train trip took us right around the safari park giving a great view of all the animals, from the big cats, to the hippo, and the oryx.
The commentary was all in Spanish, but this didn't detract from the wonderful and varied selection of animals we saw.

After the train ride, we visted the island of goats, where for 50 cents we fed a herd of goats on chunks of apple- most amusing as they jumped up at us to get fed.

The parrots were next- we decided to skip the parrot show and just look at them in their enclosures. it was very interesting to read the information provided as it explained that the zoo help to rescue badly kept animals, breed species that as rare and reintroduce species into the wild. I was very impressed with the clean and interesting enclosures which all the animals were in.

After the parrots we walked round the remaining exhibits- from the terrarium with snakes and lizards, to the wallabies, lions, tigers and crocs. At 1pm, we saw the elephant show, which was ( again in Spanish) informative and interesting- apparently the elephant helps to moves palm branches to maintain the park.

We finished the day with a picnic and a swim in the pool. I would recommend this day out to anyone, especially families as there is plenty to see and do. There is a cafe and snack bar, although it is cheaperto take your own food and drink.

Entry is 18 euros for adults and 15 euros for children unless you can get a discount voucher- often given away in tourist information centres.

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