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article imageBioparc Fuengirola, Spain revisited (photo essay and video) Special

By Anne Sewell     Mar 28, 2013 in Travel
Fuengirola - After months of wintry weather, spring has arrived on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. The spring weather tempted the writer to take a stroll to the Bioparc Fuengirola to catch up with the residents there.
As spring gradually creeps in, along with quite a few tourists, and with Semana Santa (Saint Week) holidays leading up to the Easter weekend, this writer decided to sneak out of the office today.
Bioparc Fuengirola is literally just around the corner, and it has been a while since the last visit to the former Fuengirola Zoo.
The first thing this writer noticed was that expansion work is going on with some of the animal enclosures, and it was quite strange to actually see the surrounding apartment blocks from within the Bioparc. These are normally hidden by walls and trees to keep the feeling of being in a jungle environment. Apparently the construction work will be concluded soon however.
Besides the work going on, the animals appear to be happy and healthy. A visit to the chimpanzees caused much amusement, as this fellow sat on a rock and blew "raspberries" at the surrounding audience, interspersed with huge toothy grins.
Bioparc Fuengirola - Cheeky chimp who sat blowing  raspberries  and then grinning  the entire time I...
Bioparc Fuengirola - Cheeky chimp who sat blowing "raspberries" and then grinning, the entire time I was there
A visit to the orangutans from Borneo was surprising. Dad wasn't there. It seems the father orangutan has moved along to another Bioparc in the country, and a youngster has turned up in his place. Mother and daughter are still doing fine, and it looks like the new addition is a young male. Possibly the Bioparc is thinking ahead to breeding with the young female who is a couple of years old now.
Bioparc Fuengirola - orangutan
Bioparc Fuengirola - orangutan
There was an addition of a rope climbing set up in the orangutans' enclosure, and as can be seen in the photo and video above, they were taking full advantage of it, swinging and climbing around.
Bioparc Fuengirola - young orangutan
Bioparc Fuengirola - young orangutan
These Northern Talapoin monkeys appeared to be a new addition, shown here with a baby Colobus monkey in the background:
Bioparc Fuengirola - Northern Talapoin monkeys with a baby Colobus in the background.
Bioparc Fuengirola - Northern Talapoin monkeys with a baby Colobus in the background.
The buff-cheeked gibbons were a little more outgoing - they have always been very shy, but last year had a baby, who is now an adult:
Bioparc Fuengirola
Bioparc Fuengirola
The gorilla's natural enclosure was looking good and I managed to get some shots of this handsome fellow sitting and munching a blade of grass:
Bioparc Fuengirola - The gorilla enclosure.
Bioparc Fuengirola - The gorilla enclosure.
As always it was interesting to visit the underwater section of the Bioparc to watch the fish swimming around:
Bioparc Fuengirola - A family looks at the fish
Bioparc Fuengirola - A family looks at the fish
The artificial baobab tree in the Madagascar lemur enclosure recently had to be repaired, as it was damaged from too much heavy rain during the winter season. It is looking good now though.
Bioparc Fuengirola - The Madagascar lemur enclosure
Bioparc Fuengirola - The Madagascar lemur enclosure
While the writer didn't actually go on a tour of the lemur enclosure this time, she did manage to get some shots of the ring-tailed lemurs, which can be seen in the above video.
Other favorite animals that were visited were the meerkats (also known as suricats), who were standing at attention as usual:
Bioparc Fuengirola - Meerkats  or Suricats standing at attention in the sunshine.
Bioparc Fuengirola - Meerkats, or Suricats standing at attention in the sunshine.
If you are planning a spring or early summer trip to southern Spain, Fuengirola and its lovely Bioparc are well worth the visit. However, if you prefer not to stay over in this seaside city, there are many lovely villages in the surrounding countryside where you could spend the night in a charming bed & breakfast.
Bear in mind that the weather will be pleasant for the next two to three months before the crazy summer heat sets in.
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