zoological gardens

zoological gardens
   Famous for the birth in 1983 of a giant panda, Chulín, by artificial insemination, and for its collection of other rare and unusual animals, such as the Komodo dragon and a pair of red pandas from Nepal, the modern Madrid Zoo was opened in the Casa del Campo in the early 1970s, when many other zoos and safari parks were also founded. It was, however, the immediate successor to the much older Madrid zoo, the Real Casa de Fieras del Retiro (Royal Animal House of the Retiro Park), founded by Charles III around 1770, as the second oldest in the world after Vienna (1756), rebuilt by Ferdinand VII and closed in 1972. Among its exhibits were lions from the Atlas mountains. Also much older than others in Spain is the Barcelona Municipal Zoo, opened in 1892, which by the 1980s was complete with aquarium, aviary, reptile house and dolphinarium, and which specializes in anthropoid apes, the most famous being the white gorilla Snowflake. Several safari parks were opened in the 1970s, such as the first of them, the Río-León Safari, Tarragona, the Auto-Safari African Reserve on Mallorca and the Safari del Rincón, Madrid, at that time the largest in Europe. In the 1980s the Valladolid Zoo-Park was founded, combining traditional with open, safari-type enclosures.
   A much more specialist centre, the Parque de Rescate de Fauna Sahariana (Rescue Park for Sahara Fauna), Almeria, was established by the CSIC in 1971 to preserve Saharan species on the verge of extinction.

Encyclopedia of contemporary Spanish culture. 2013.

Игры ⚽ Поможем решить контрольную работу

Look at other dictionaries:

  • zoological gardens — ˌzoological ˈgarden [zoological garden] noun (also ˌzoological ˈgardens plural) ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • Zoological Gardens —    Initially private menageries of the royal and wealthy, later public parks devoted to the amusement and education of the metropolitan populace on the one hand and the scientific study of animal species on the other. This was in part the product …   Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka — Date opened 1936 Location Dehiwala, Colombo Land area 10.1 ha / 0.10 km² Coordinates …   Wikipedia

  • Yangon Zoological Gardens — Infobox zoo zoo name= Yangon Zoo logo= logo width= logo caption= image width= image caption= date opened=25 January 1906 date closed= location=40 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Yangon, Myanmar area=69.25 acres coordinates=coord|16|47|30|N|96|9|34|E|region …   Wikipedia

  • Manchester Zoological Gardens — Date opened 1838 Date closed 1842 Location Broughton, Salford, England Coordinates …   Wikipedia

  • Tigers, London Zoological Gardens — Screenshot from the film Directed by Alexandre Promio Produced by …   Wikipedia

  • Alipore Zoological Gardens — The Alipore Zoological Gardens (also informally called the Alipore Zoo, Calcutta Zoo or Kolkata Zoo) is India s oldest formally stated zoological park (as opposed to royal and British menageries) and a big tourist attraction in Kolkata, West… …   Wikipedia

  • National Zoological Gardens of South Africa — Date opened 21 October 1899 [1] Location Pretoria …   Wikipedia

  • Naypyidaw Zoological Gardens — Naypyidaw Zoo နေပြည်တော် တိရိစ္ဆာန် ဥယျာဉ် Date opened 27 March 2008 Location Naypyidaw Mandalay Region, Myanmar Land area 612 acres (247 hectares) Number of animals …   Wikipedia

  • Karachi Zoological Gardens — (Urdu: باغ وحش كراچى ) is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It was established in the year 1878 and was commonly called as Mahatma Gandhi Garden [ [http://www.wildlifeofpakistan.com/ZoosandBreedingCentersofPakistan/KarachiZoo.htm Wildlife of… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”