All About Barcelona Zoo

Written by Lex Basu
Updated: September 29, 2022
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Key Points

  • The Barcelona Zoo is located in the Parc de la Ciutadella area of the city, which is in the Catalonia region of Spain.
  • The zoo was once home to Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla, who passed away in the year 2013.
  • The zoo houses many exotic and amazing species of animals and one can learn a lot by visiting.

Although zoos are often frowned upon by animal lovers due to poor conditions and heart-wrenchingly small enclosures for species that really should be treated with more respect, many nowadays are turning towards better practice by ensuring that their residents have more adequate space that better emulates their natural habitats and many are becoming more heavily involved in both supporting and funding conservation projects all around the world.

A white tiger laying on a rock near a log with green foliage in the background.

Many zoos are putting more effort into creating adequate spaces for animals that emulate their natural habitats.


Zoos can also provide visitors with crucial access to species that they would never normally have the privilege of seeing so closely, encouraging people to learn all about the animals and the habitats in which they live, and helping people to understand the threats that an increasing number of species are facing in the wild (primarily due to more human intervention in these areas).

A woman and a small boy feeding a giraffe in a zoo.

Zoos can encourage people to learn about animals and their habitats that they may never have had the opportunity to see in the wild.

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The Barcelona Zoo is one such place that on a recent visit there, we were pleasantly surprised at what we discovered. Located in a park in the heart of the city, the zoo itself looks very small from the entrance but once you pass through the gates you are met with a very clean and friendly environment that seems to go on forever. In fact, it was really quite staggering to see just how big it was considering that it is surrounded by high-rise buildings.

Numerous species can be found there including zebras, wildebeest, elephants, giraffes, meercats and mongooses, komodo dragons, tigers, tapirs, bears, rhinos and hippos. There are birds galore from penguins and flamingoes to the herons and peacocks that roam freely around the zoo, and more primate species than you can count – mandrills, gorillas, chimps, spider monkeys and tamarins to name just a few.

Two flamingoes walking in a body of water with green grasses and plants in the background.

Flamingoes have pink feathers due to the beta carotene in the foods they eat.

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There are an impressive number of informative posters detailing each individual species and a large educational gorilla exhibition which is found close to the marine centre. A children’s zoo is found towards the end of the long route around the zoo where little ones can come close to everyday species such as goats, chicks and even guinea pigs.

Two Guinea Pigs eating green grass on a maintained lawn.

Guinea Pigs are herbivorous animals which means that they only eat plant material.


At the end of the day, as a natural world enthusiast it is never nice to see animals in captivity but I do strongly feel that if somewhere manages to get the balance right, zoos can be incredibly important about teaching future generations about the animals that we share our world with and highlight the importance of protecting them for the future.

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About the Author

Lex is a green-living, tree-hugging, animal-lover, who at one time was the mother to twenty one felines and one doggo. Now she helps pet owners around the globe be the best caretakers for their most trusting companions by sharing her experience and spreading love.

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