Since first opening in 1972 Loro Parque has become one of Tenerife’s biggest attractions, having played host to over 40 million visitors to date -and it still attracts around 1 million tourists every year. ‘Loro’ Parque’, which effectively means ‘Parrot’ Park’, is home to over 4,000 parrots, which includes 350 species and sub-species of these multi-coloured -and somewhat intelligent creatures, making it the largest parrot sanctuary in the world. Over the last 40-odd years the park has grown extensively, broadening its horizons and bringing-in a multitude of animals, mammals, fish and reptiles from all over the world.
These include a selection of tigers and jaguars, along with a collection of gorillas and chimpanzees, otters and sea-lions, alligators, iguanas, flamingos and giant tortoises, to name but a few. To add to its ‘claims-to-fame’ the park also boasts the ‘World’s Largest indoor Penguin Exhibition’, the Longest Shark Tunnel in Europe -and Europe’s largest dolphin show pool. It is also only the second place in Europe to house Orca Whales. Having visited Loro Parque on several occasions I have to say that in my opinion it equals anything which Florida has to offer -maybe even more!