Call of the wild in north Spain

1 Oct

Only 15km from Santander, in northern Spain, lies the vast Cabárceno Wildlife Park, home to over 1,200 animals from across the globe!!. And it is huge: The elephant enclosure alone is as big as Madrid’s entire zoo! (and Madrid’s Zoo is one of the biggest in europe…).

The park also offers spectacular natural landscapes, upon which elephants, hippos, ostriches, camels, tigers, zebras, giraffes and other species live in a semi-wild state. Spaces has been created so that the animals can live in the conditions that are as similar as possible to their original habitats.

We love this one: Camels – old church in ruins. We don’t know if it’s natural wild habitats for camels, but sure we love the combination!

Cabárcenos is home to the largest reserve of brown bears in Europe, with around 70 living in the park!. Also, there is a herd of 15 African elephants, many of which were born here, and thats make up one of the largest populations of this species in the world outside Africa.

We cannot forget speaking about gorillas, the park’s most popular residents. Their enclosure is the largest of its kind in Spain, and features a 800 m2 home complete with large windows so that their daily life can be observed (we’re still little bit afraid of them :P)

As you can imagine, the park is ideal for a family day out. Perfect formula: wild animals + picnic and recreational areas + lakes + botanical trails + cafés + restaurants + play areas.  And don’t forget to enjoy the exciting daily performances in the seal and sea lion enclosure and the bird of prey flights.

Do you need more? We don’t.


8 Responses to “Call of the wild in north Spain”

  1. Animalcouriers October 1, 2012 at 16:32 #

    Not sure if the bear is comfortable enough :-0

  2. transplantedtatar October 1, 2012 at 18:05 #

    Wow! What a great place–and the animals look happy (I feel for the bear–relaxing so hard).

    • andrewsmile October 3, 2012 at 11:55 #

      Haha! We all feel for the bear! He’s soo cool!

  3. the drunken cyclist October 1, 2012 at 23:28 #

    Incredible photos!

    • adinparadise October 2, 2012 at 11:01 #

      Looks like a wonderful place to visit. That bear look so relaxed. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • andrewsmile October 3, 2012 at 11:57 #


  4. ManoliRizoFotografia November 2, 2012 at 08:34 #

    ¡Que lugar tan maravilloso!, entran ganas de ir a visitarlo, me encanta la foto de los osos, abrazos

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