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TLDR? Parque de la Conservación is one of Medellin’s green lungs, with about 1,000 species of animals under its protection!
Medellin has been transformed into a city with a greener and more natural approach, taking advantage of all the green spaces in the urban area.
One of the City of Eternal Spring’s green lungs is Parque de la Conservacion, which houses hundreds of species of fauna and flora seeking to protect biodiversity.
Continue reading, and learn everything this park can offer to paisas and tourists and how its ecological tendency influences the city!
Until 2020, the Conservation Park was the Medellin‘s Santa Fe Zoo. It changed with the social purpose of protecting wildlife and restoring ecosystems.
They provide rehabilitation, reproduction, release, and monitoring of species, medical care for animals, and environmental education.
This park, founded in 1960, is a non-profit entity that houses around 1,000 species, including endangered ones, from America, Asia, and Africa, which gives it a characteristic of authenticity and faunal wealth.
The Conservation Park also has many native species of Colombia, a collection of trees and shrubs known as one of the most wooded places in Medellin. That’s even more relevant if you consider its location in an industrial zone of the city.
Here are some practical things you should know when planning a visit to Parque de La Conservación.
Parque de la Conservacion operates from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm, with ticket sales until 4 pm.
The park doesn’t open on Mondays. If Monday’s a holiday, it won’t open on Tuesday either.
The value of admission to this park is very affordable and goes directly to the conservation of all kinds of species, programs, and projects that the park has. Children under 12 years old pay half the adult rate, and children under two have free entrance.
The park’s at the beginning of South Medellin, on Avenida Guayabal. Since it’s on one of the city’s main streets, you can get there through different means of public transport.
The easiest, fastest, and safest way is through the Metro System. Get on Line A to the Industriales station, then walk a couple of minutes to the park.
The park has a parking lot with an hourly or daily rate.
The park’s divided into three zones, each of which houses different types of animals. Let me tell you about them from my personal experience!
Zone 1 is the one I found once I entered the park! Among the curious animals that caught my attention are:
This area gives special priority to monkeys of different kinds. It was a very fun corridor since the monkeys are particularly friendly.
Among some of these species are:
Likewise, zone 2 is home to other species, including snakes such as Anaconda and Asiatic Python, raccoons, foxes, turtles, and birds.
In this zone of Parque de la Conservacion are the most ferocious and elegant felines:
And different species of owls! You’ll find them in dark rooms that protect these nocturnal animals. Among them are the Spectacled Owl and the Striped Owl.
Zone 3 is also home to crocodiles, deer, and the highly acclaimed Andean Condor, Colombia’s national animal in danger of extinction.
There are many green areas to rest in and enjoy the shade of the trees.
In addition, there are places to eat a snack and even have lunch during the tour. It lasts about three hours, depending on how much time you want to dedicate to each animal.
This park, more than a zoo that houses hundreds of animals, is a center dedicated to conserving, as its name indicates, and working for animal welfare.
This park rescues local and international animals, among invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. It works towards protecting the environment in general.
One of the green lungs of Medellin, located in the south of the city, works with the conservation and welfare of hundreds of animal species from different countries.
If you’re an animal lover, you’ll surely enjoy your day in this place. Contribute your grain of sand and visit it!
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