Buenos Aires has a zoo in the city but actually not too far from the city, there is another zoo, or more accurately a bioparque called Temaikén (http://www.temaiken.com.ar). It is only an hour bus ride from Plaza Italia and the bus will drop you right off at the entrance.
Compare to the zoo in the city, Temaikén is called a bioparque for a reason. They have a huge range of exotic animals living there, from the not-so-endangered animals like macaw, to dangerously endangered animals like chita; thus, many animals in between which I have only seen on Discovery Channel! If watching bats sleep fascinate you, like me, you’d be in for a treat, but they do stink!
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The park is very well-designed with tons of trees, plants, and pretty landscapes. The animal’s living environment is designed to imitate as closely as possible to their natural habitats, and may be because of that, the animals were way more active than I could ever remember when I was last at a zoo, where the probability of actually seeing the animals doing something was pretty low. At Temaikén, I had chitas, of course separated by a glass window, walking up, modeling and showing off, to me over and over again! You getta love that!
The bird section was very impressive too. It is dissected into various ‘rooms’ gated by heavy chains, so you can be in the same room with them and have them check you out. The aquarium was also very beautiful, all kinds of fish and sharks swimming all around you in the circular tank.
I didn’t expect to have so much fun plus all the wonderful surprises at Temaikén. If you are an animal lover, it’s a must visit, but even if you are not, you will find yourself enjoying a relaxing day getting in touch with the nature in a fascinating way.
Interactive Experiences and Educational Initiatives:
One of the standout features of Temaikén is its commitment to education and conservation. Beyond merely showcasing animals, the bioparque offers interactive experiences designed to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diverse species that inhabit our planet. Children and adults alike can participate in workshops, guided tours, and interactive talks led by knowledgeable staff. These experiences not only provide fascinating insights into the behaviors and habitats of the animals but also shed light on the challenges faced by endangered species and the conservation efforts in place to protect them.
The bioparque also houses a dedicated Conservation Center, emphasizing its commitment to the protection and preservation of biodiversity. Here, visitors can learn about the ongoing research, breeding programs, and fieldwork that Temaikén supports in collaboration with other international institutions. It’s a testament to the bioparque’s mission to go beyond just entertainment and play an active role in global conservation initiatives.
Local and Indigenous Flora:
While the exotic animals often steal the show, Temaikén also boasts a diverse collection of indigenous plants and trees, turning the bioparque into a lush oasis. As you wander through the park, you’ll come across native gardens that spotlight the rich flora of Argentina. These spaces not only enhance the beauty of the bioparque but also play a vital role in supporting local biodiversity.
Dining and Shopping with a Purpose:
After a day of exploration, visitors can stop by one of the many eateries within Temaikén, offering a range of delicious options, from traditional Argentinean cuisine to international dishes. Furthermore, the bioparque houses several shops where visitors can purchase souvenirs, with a portion of the proceeds going towards conservation projects. It’s a great way to take home a memento while contributing to a noble cause.