ZOO DE CASTELLAR

castellar zoo

Zoo de Castellar is a very unique place where you can feed and interact with the animals.  It is not a zoo per se but a rescue centre which was set up in 1998 as a private initiative to provide a safe haven for exotic and unusual pets which were sold on the black market and seized by the authorities. After a few years they decided to open their doors to the public to gain financial support and also show how these animals are cared for. Bit by bit the centre is being reformed and today it is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours interacting with animals.

There are various animals from monkeys to tigers to birds of prey. You can touch and hold several including the snakes, lemurs and lamas and you can feed fruit bats and  and there’s a petting area for the goats, ducks, tortoise, rabbits and guinea pigs. Meanwhile there are other more exotic animals to see such as tigers, including a young white Bengal tiger, baboons, lion cubs, ostrich…some of young animals are brought out for closer inspection depending on what they have at that time etc.

There is a cafe, easy free parking and picnic area.  Cost is €15 per adult and €9 for ages 2-13 years and you can buy a €1 bag of food for the animals when you enter if you wish. The zoo is open daily from 10am until dusk. There is also an annual pass available, you can also host birthday parties there and they run a summer camp – see their website for more info.

LOCATION: Cerro del Moro, Castellar de la Frontera

TEL: (0034) 607 910 393
EMAIL: info@zoodecastellar.es
WEBSITE: www.zoodecastellar.es
Listed in: Outdoor Fun, Parties & Entertainment, Venues, Wildlife

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ZOO DE CASTELLAR

We have been hearing great reports about Zoo de Castellar for some time, and finally this weekend we made the trip along the coast to visit (it’s near Sotogrande). We are so glad we did. This place is not a zoo per se. It’s a rescue centre. It was set up in 1998 as a private initiative to provide a safe haven for exotic and unusual pets which were sold on the black market and seized by the authorities. After a few years they decided to open their doors to the public to gain financial support and also show how these animals are cared for. Bit by bit the centre is being reformed and today it is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours interacting with animals. The zoo is unique in that visitors can experience the animals close up. So much so, on our visit we were greeted by a baby Ocelot at the entrance. Just amazing to cuddle and stroke such an animal you would never normally get the opportunity to even see close up.  As you wander around the staff are outside the enclosures with animals for you to touch, hold and stroke. We got the chance to hold a 9 week old monkey which is being hand reared as her mother is not producing milk, a femur who climbed all over my children without fear, a skunk being walked on a lead (we steered clear of that one!), a snake and several others. You are invited to enter several enclosed such as the femurs, lama pen, bats and also the aviary where you can feed the animals in there (goats, rabbits, parrots, ducks, and tortoise) and get up close. Meanwhile there are other more exotic animals to see such as tigers, including a young white Bengal tiger, baboons, lion cubs, ostrich… I can’t speak about this place highly enough. It’s easy to find, free easy parking, there’s a café which is simple and not overpriced, outdoor picnic areas if you take your own food, it is clean, friendly and very well constructed with new enclosures being built all the time. Cost is €15 per adult and €9 for ages 2-13 years and you can buy a €1 bag of food for the animals when you enter if you wish. The zoo is open daily from 10am until dusk. There is also an annual pass available, you can also host birthday parties there and they run a summer camp - see their website for more info. If you haven’t been, do make a conscious effort to go. My kids never stopped smiling and laughing the entire visit. Priceless. by Karen

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