A look at the most popular Tenerife wildlife parks, and how ideal they are for nature-lovers, and at the sea animals in Tenerife you might expect to find.
If you are planning a trip to Tenerife and are keen on marine-life and nature, visits to Loro Park, a top Tenerife wildlife park, and the volcanic Teide National Park should be on your ‘to do’ list, along with boat trips to view all the sea animals in Tenerife. The largest of the Canary Islands could be your choice of a CLC World free holiday accommodation if you attend a 90-minute presentation at any one of four CLC World travel centres in the UK.
This popular Tenerife wildlife park was initially created as a haven for parrots,but has developed over the years into one of the biggest attractions on the Canary Islands, with over seven hundred parrots, numerous other bird species, and a great range of animals and reptiles. There is also an orchid garden, and regular marine life shows.
Jungle Park is a zoological and botanical Tenerife wildlife park with waterfalls, suspension bridges, lagoons and caves. It’s home to a large variety of animals, from big cats to primates, and runs daily shows featuring exotic birds and birds of prey.
An international breeding centre for endangered species of primates, Monkey Park also houses parrots, lemurs and turtles. Visitors can feed and interact with some of its tamer residents, making this a wonderful place for children.
This national park is centred around Mount Teide, which stands at 3,718m above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Spain and the third highest volcano in the world. It enjoys a unique landscape of craters, volcanoes and rivers of petrified lava, with an extensive network of trails offering incredible views. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the other Canary Islands from the summit.
Located in the north-west of the island, this beautiful Tenerife wildlife park has a variety of landscapes, including magnificent cliffs, valleys, islands and laurel forests. It is also home to certain endangered species, such as the laurel pigeon and the osprey, making it a Special Bird Protection Area. Also native to the park is the spotted lizard, with small yellow or blue spots, which was only discovered in 1995.
The sheltered waters of Tenerife’s south-west coast provide excellent conditions for swimming, snorkelling and diving, where visitors can hope to seeturtles, stingrays, moral eels, angel sharks and a variety of subtropical fish swimming around its beautiful underwater volcanic landscapes.
Marine-life enthusiasts will find many boat trips offering turtle, whale and dolphin safaris. The most popular sea animals in Tenerife include five species of turtles, of which the most common are the loggerhead and green turtles, as well as bottlenose dolphins, whose name comes from their long and pointed snouts, and pilot whales, which actually belong to the dolphin family.
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