To this day I am still not 100% sure whether I like zoos or not. I can see the arguments on both sides, and I think I do favour zoos but only when it’s clearly beneficial, or at least on the face of it when it’s enjoyable, for the animal. Having spent some time walking around a zoo in Spain on a previous adventure and seeing a bear doing small laps of a dusty circle, and lions and tigers sat on rocks looking like they’d rather be elsewhere, I was pretty sure that zoos were NOT a good thing.
Last year my little family took our first proper beach holiday together in Fuerteventura and we relied on trusty old Tripadvisor to let us know where we should and should not visit whilst on the Canariest of Islands. Number 1 on the list was Oasis Park and there was plenty of advertising for it when we arrived in resort too. It was very good value for money, or at least we were able to confirm that afterwards. As it was on an island and not peak time (end of May) we had the best of both worlds. The park was really quiet with just a few coachloads of tourists, but still really hot with glorious sunshine all day. The heat wasn’t an issue though as there are a lot of places in the shade to duck in to if needed.
Before entering the main park we detoured off to one side where we experienced riding a camel up a hill which took just under an hour, and although wobbly at first it was great fun once everyone had relaxed. The views from the top of the hill out over the ocean were incredible and on the descent we could see back inland across the other hills.
Once we’d jumped off and bought our novelty photo it was time to enter the park and see the animals. The whole was park was very well thought out and spaced nicely so that the animals had a lot of room to roam around. Of course it’s nicer to see them in their natural habitat but you got the impression that the people at Oasis Park really did care about their residents.
We managed to time it just right to see a fantastic Sea Lion show and I know there were other shows in the park but we were just enjoying wandering around so much. We were even allowed to feed the elephants and gorillas with bags of fresh fruit and veg.
As ever I’m going to stop now and let the pictures do the talking. These are only a small selection of course and I think the best way to appreciate the place is to go there if you’re ever in the area.
By the way, we didn’t see a single bloody canary the whole time we were there!