Oasis Park Fuerteventura - Zoo in a man-made paradise garden on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura

2020-03-23

Kate The Traveller

I am a supporter of watching animals in the wild, but I realize that our planet, because of human activities, is changing drastically. The natural habitats of animals shrink, and the animals in them get sick or stop breeding.

 

The increase of the global human population has introduced devastation and stress in nature.

Wild animals avoid the centers of human civilization, and animal farms have moved far from cities.

As a result, new human generations are gradually losing contact, with the rich natural world of our planet.

 

We fear what is ‘wild and untamed’.

Recently I meet more and more European children, for whom their schools organize educational trips, to wildlife parks or shelters, in order to show them different types of animals, exotic and domestic as well. Grandparents living in the countryside, with a rich supply of livestock, where you could play with pigs, milk a cow, collect eggs from a hen, ride a horse and even encounter pheasants, hares or deer while going for a walk; are today replaced by television and zoos.

Zoos have always caused a misunderstanding in me. The beauty of the wild animal always used to evaporate, seeing the hostile conditions in which it was kept. Its sad attitude and lack of proverbial spark in the eye did not remind me of a graceful creature, as seen on television in Sunday’s programs about nature.

 

I could never understand why it was me, standing on the other side of the window or barrier, enjoying the freedom of movement, that the creature did not have at all.

Along with the progress of civilization, we have forgotten to coexist with nature. Relatively safe, surrounded by walls of various types in still growing cities, we have lost the sense of respect for what is alive. Instead, we worship all types of concrete structures and ubiquitous electronics, now dominating our lives.

 

Without seeing the sky, we are not able to look at the stars. Without growing a garden, we cannot appreciate the beauty, strength, and usefulness of plants. Having no contact with wild animals, we have forgotten how life works.

 

I will always defend the freedom of every creature, but I realize that sometimes at the price of losing this freedom, you can show people something, or reach out to the public, with specific information. Some of us, understanding the need to re-educate society and for the noble reason of protecting a world dependent on man, are capable of creating beautiful and wise creations. Wildlife Oasis Fuerteventura Park is one such feat.

After crossing the threshold of Wildlife Oasis Fuerteventura Park, you feel the ubiquitous philosophy of the park’s functioning – it is the well-being of all present here: animals, plants, and guests. The animals are healthy, nourished and calm. They enjoy relaxation, that they could not experience while living in the wild. They are kept in semi-wild conditions, in large spaces and are surrounded by a wonderful garden. This piece of Africa, on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, is an opportunity to get to know the wonderful world of animals and plants, in the beautiful scenery of sand, dunes, and ocean surrounding it. Without the need to threaten your life, with distant and dangerous journeys, we can see here closely, the part of the wild nature, that inhabits the distant and inaccessible corners of our planet.

 

Giraffes

Feeding giraffes was the coolest experience ever. At the ticket office, there is a table where fruit sets for giraffes are sold. Giraffes stretch their long necks far beyond the wooden fence and eat everything we give them, right out of hand in the blink of an eye. After a meal, they quickly lose interest in us, so you need to measure the time well, to take a few photos.

Reptile Show

This experience will delight, even those who are most afraid of these creatures. A magnificent arena surrounds a green stage with lots of greenery and a mysterious shipwreck in the background. In various parts of this scene, there are bent tree branches and on them exotic species of snakes, geckos, and lizards. The presenters take the familiarized with them reptiles, one by one, and show the animals up close to the participants of the show.

Lemurs

You may have seen lemurs once in a zoo or in movies, but it is difficult to describe the adventure you will experience, when you get close to them. Oasis Park Fuerteventura organizes a wonderful meeting for its guests, with these interesting creatures from Madagascar. These beautiful and mysterious creatures are extremely mobile. It is forbidden to touch the lemurs, but curious animals themselves want to touch everyone, sit on your lap and jump neatly, between the branches of the trees and the participants of the experience.

Flamingos

I’ve chased seeing a wild flamingo up close, for many years. Although in Spain there are many places where flamingos periodically arrive for feeding, it is very difficult to see these beautiful animals, from such a short distance. In the park, a few meters from the main entrance, there is a pond with aquatic vegetation, surrounded by a circular park, in which there are a dozen flamingos and several other species of water birds. There are no barriers or nets here. Flamingos follow their paths between vegetation and although they avoid all direct contact with humans, when they choose an observation mood, flamingos often approach you at the distance of a fingertip.

Camels

Oasis Park Fuerteventura started through camel breeding. They were brought to the Canary Islands in 1405, as part of a plan to commercialize camel milk. In time, caravans for tourists began to be organized, which became very popular. Today, the park organizes several-hour walks on the humps of these wonderful dromedaries, providing beautiful landscapes of the park itself and the nearby sea.

Mentioned above are just some of the animals and attractions available in the park. The park’s space is really huge. To see all its corners calmly, you need all day. There are three restaurants, that can at any time feed the hungry or give rest, to the energy depleted tourist. Such rest can be prolonged indefinitely, because the lush vegetation of the botanical garden, the African sun, and a variety of colors and fragrances, encourage a slow lifestyle and sweet relaxation.