started when the Balser family was asked to take care of a few crocodiles…
They did, and now they have the largest collection in Europe. The
organisation SEPRONA (Environmental Protection Police) has placed many
animals in the Balser family's capable hands. These animals – chimpanzees,
various monkeys, birds, among many others – arrived usually in very bad
This was the start of the Parque de los Cocodrilos, Gran Canaria's
only zoological park. It was first opened to the public in 1988. In the
following years the family continuously added animals to the park by buying
them from private people and circuses, and now there are about 300
crocodiles, and species of tropical fishes, the ‘Parrot Show
on the Treasure Island’, a cacti garden are just some of the
attractions you will see in this unusual animal park.
The upkeep of this ever-growing park and the salaries for its professional
and caring staff are supported with the income from the entrance fees.