Loro Parque (Spanish for "parrot park") or 'Loro Park' is a 13.5-hectare (33-acre) zoo on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife, Spain where it houses an extensive and diverse reserve of animal and plant species. The park was conceived as a paradise for parrots and has developed over the years into one of the biggest attractions of the Canary Islands, with over 40 million visitors. The park keeps orcas, which has attracted criticism from some organisations.
Since 1972 when the park was founded by Wolfgang Kiessling and opened on 1.3 hectares (3.2 acres) with 150 parrots, it has grown to 13.5 hectares (33 acres) and is home to some 4000 parrots representing 350 species and sub-species, as well as many other animals. This parrot collection is the largest in the world and makes the park one of the main references in the study and conservation of these animals worldwide.
Other records the park has set include Europe's largest dolphin show pool, the world's largest indoor penguin exhibition, the longest shark tunnel in Europe, and the largest Thai village outside Thailand, and the park is only the second place in Europe to house orcas.
The aim of the Loro Parque Foundation is the protection and conservation of endangered animals, which is why the park is home to the world’s largest penguinarium, with over 250 penguins. It also has an aquarium where sharks, rays and fish swim among coral reefs just a few feet away from visitors.
In the parks enormous enclosure visitors can see gorillas, tigers and even anteaters. The zoo’s work has earned it the 2008 Animal Embassy Award for sustainable and responsible management.
According to hellocanaryislands.com