In general, I don't like the idea of zoos. I think it is cruel to keep animals in small cages where they cannot behave naturally. Last week my girlfriend asked me to visit Bioparc, a different kind of zoo in Valencia, Spain. At first I was reluctant to go, but then I agreed because I don't like to disappoint her. Going to the zoo is rather expensive - one ticket costs 20 euros - and I was angry that I agreed to go. Then I completely changed my opinion about zoos.
Bioparc is located in the old river channel and is different from other zoos. Visitors here feel as if they were in the animals' natural habitat. There are three parts of the park: the Savannah, Madagascar and Equatorial Africa. The animals are not in cages but have plenty of space which looks like their natural surroundings. We were separated from the animals in different ways, by a small river, a hill overlooking the animals, caves or by a glass wall. Anyway, the animals looked happy and behaved naturally in spectacular landscapes. Different species live together as in nature. The number of animals living there is quite large. There are monkeys, lions, elephants, zebras, tigers, hippopotamus, giraffes and many more. I was especially surprised watching a gorilla by a glass window, only a few centimeters from me. This animal behaved almost like we humans do!
I also liked a huge sphere full of birds. Imagine going inside and being surrounded by different colorful animals. It was so spectacular! The only disappointment was the strong smell there, but it was still great!
After two hours of walking we sat down in a café to rest. My girlfriend and I were so happy we visited this amazing place. If I go to Valencia again, I will definitely go to Bioparc.