Fast Track Tickets to Barcelona Zoo
Located in the heart of the city at Ciutadella Park, a visit to the Barcelona Zoo is ideal for a family day out. It hosts over 400 species of mammals, reptiles and birds, including some that are rare and endangered. The Zoo also hosts school trips for students across all ages in the hopes of better educating people about the importance of rescuing and protecting endangered species and biodiversity in general.
The Zoo has been divided in 11 distinct spaces, each housing certain related species. Here are some that you just can't afford to miss!
Land of Dragons
This space is dedicated to a set of animals native to Asia Pacific and the zoo has worked hard to recreate their respective natural habitats along 140 meter route, using different kinds of plant life as well as different spaces to demarcate the enclosures of each animal. The space itself is names after the Komodo dragons who live in the largest enclosure but who share the space with Muntjac deer, Lyle's flying foxes and birds such as the Nicobar pigeon and the Java sparrow.
The terrarium at the zoo houses one of the most varied collections of amphibians and reptiles in all of Europe. All the creatures are housed in enclosures with the optimum temperature and humidity are maintained so the animals thrive, whether they are iguanas, poison dart frogs, boa constrictors, pythons or even the massive Siamese crocodile that dwells in the pond at the end of the route that goes through the Reptile House.
This permanent exhibition of the Zoo was inaugurated in 2006 and is one of the many ways with which the Zoo hopes to educate and inform the general public about the wildlife preservation. This area is dedicated solely to gorillas, the primates that are closest in nature and biology to human beings, and here people can learn about their habits, how they communicate, their everyday life and which species are closest to extinction. The exhibit's prized position is given to Snowflake, the white gorilla who became a symbol of the zoo, along with drawings made by the gorillas themselves and the exhibit features work by notable scientists and conservationists in the field, like Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall.
Perhaps one of the most popular exhibits at the Zoo, Aquarama primarily houses the Zoo's colony of sea lions. In this exhibit you can watch these adorable creatures interact and play in the space that was created by Antoni Riera i Clavillé, inspired by a similar exhibit at the Zurich Zoo. The large circular tank of water that houses the sea lions is three stories high and holds two and a half million litres of water. The first floor of Aquarama is also home to a number of species native to the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.