Jungle Park
...Enjoy One of the World's Best Jungles

Welcome to Jungle Park – a huge Jungle in the south of Tenerife with many animal species that enjoy their lives in the middle of nature. Literally! The park is an authentic jungle with more than 300 animals and 100 species that delight their visitors every day of the year. The shows are the main attraction of the park, with the birds flying freely and connecting with the public.

It is a fascinating place and we were able to confirm on sight, the care with the animals. After all, if the stars of the former Parque Las Águilas do not enjoy the environment in which they are living, this would certainly not be one of the main attractions of Tenerife and Canary Islands.

Jungle Park - Prices of the Tickets

The good thing about Jungle Park is that you have many options to obtain discount, such as buying online, Canarian residents, family pack and 2-park tickets (together with Aqualand waterpark, the former Octopus).

Purchasing your Jungle Park ticket

The standard ticket for adults costs about € 25 at the ticket office, whereas children from 5-10 years old € 17,50 and from 3-4 years € 8. Children from 0-3 have free entry. For the 1-day ticket Canarian residents have even further discounts.

There’s also a family pack which costs € 85 (at the ticket office) and € 71,50 (when purchasing online). That includes ticket to Jungle Park for 2 adults and 2 kids. Friends pack (4 adults) costs € 100 (at the office) and € 86 (online).

When you purchase the 2-park ticket (Aqualand and Jungle Park) prices are: € 36 (11 years or more and/or taller than 1,40m), € 26 (5-10) and € 12 (3-4). Younger kids also have free entry.

The yearly pass for both parks costs € 85, € 65 and € 35, respectively.

Jungle Park - Opening Hours

Jungle Park – Parque Las Águilas is open all year round from 10AM till 5:30PM. Tickets, however, can be purchased at the counter only till 4:30PM. Not advisable however to arrive at the park at this late hour, since you will miss most of the attractions.

The shows are performed daily: Exotic Birds at 11 and 14:30; Birds of Prey at 12:00 and 16:00; and Sea Lions 13:45 and 15:15.

Bars and Restaurants

There are three food and drink areas at Jungle Park. Close to the entrance there is a snack bar.

Near to the Birds of Prey show area there is a Pizzeria and Fast-Food stand so you can always find the kind of food that fits your taste and budget.

In the Exotic Bird Show area and close to the Sea Lions you can find Restaurante La Palapa with more elaborate food. Do as we did and enjoy one of the shows whilst tucking into one of the delicious and excellent dishes served in the restaurant.

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As there were five of us we ordered a dish of each kind from the menu, so that we could comment on them: we ordered the roast chicken with dressing, the deluxe hamburger with chips and salad (park's speciality - don't miss it!), the salmon with vegetables and basmati rice, the pasta Bolognese that our son loved and the chicken Ceasar salad. The portions were generous and good quality and it’s likely you’ll be as satisfied as we were. The waiter takes the order at the table and serves very efficiently.

Location and Getting There

Jungle Park - Las Águilas is located in a privileged area, far from the big masses of tourists and the dry climate. For this reason the park offers a free bus service from Los Cristianos and Las Américas to enable visitors to get to the park as different times and pick-up points. From other parts of the Island it’s recommendable to reserve in advance.

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The area where the park is locates is more humid than the rest of the South and is not so arid. The maintenance of the park is reduced for this reason due to the good atmospheric conditions of the area, and the vegetation is well conserved without too much difficulty.

Jungle Park - Urbanización Las Águilas del Teide, S/N. 38640 Arona, Tenerife

Animals and Shows at Jungle Park

We arrived at Jungle Park soon after the park opened at 10am.

The first think you see on arrival is a large pit where a beautiful and exotic white tigress lives. As she doesn’t have white or blue eyes, she isn’t considered an albino. He is called Dalila and he is fifteen years old.

There is then an opportunity to have photos taken with the birds and a calm owl who rests on a small pedestal. The staff then takes some photos of you with some cockatoos that change over now and then to avoid getting tired of spending much time with people.

As soon as we entered the park we ‘bumped into’ a calm and colourful toucan. In the northern part of the park there is a pool with penguins who are napping peacefully or swimming nimbly through the water. You can see them dive into the small tunnel which allows for the best view of these beautiful and kind animals.

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If you visited the Parque de las Águilas a few years ago, we recommend that you make a return trip. Renamed Jungle Park (in 2005), it holds birds and other animals, as well as being one of the most interesting theme parks in Europe. The park extends to 75,000 square feet (around 10 football pitches) where you can find 500 animals, with 100 different species.

Exotic Bird Show

As we arrived at 10.40, the first thing we did was head over to the site of the 11.00 AM Exotic Bird Show, which lasts a little over 20 minutes. The show begins with a short introduction in English, followed by Spanish, and all information is presented in both languages. First the rules are explained, and a brief description of the show is given. There was a group of schoolchildren from a local school and they really enjoyed it. As well as the flying birds there are parrots (one is called Bruce), hornbills and macaws…

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The show is very interactive, as almost all of the viewers have some contact with the animals at some point of the performance. For example our son fed a Trumpeted Hornbill, an experience he will remember for a long time :)

Near the show area there is a volcano-like cave with different coloured games. This was another place that amazed our son…it’s these kind of things that no longer impress adults in the same way as through the innocent eyes of a child.

In the back-part of the swimming pool, and of the Exotic Bird Show area there is a small tree—covered area with a small lake full of water-lilies. There is also a lake with grey pelicans, and a single-parent family of gibbons.

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The mother of the small baby died shortly after giving birth and the male gibbon took on caring for and bringing up the baby. This is something exceptional and very unusual in the wild as normally gibbons live in a group, and other females would look after the babies. It’s a small nod to shared responsibilities at home, which nature makes for humans. The gibbon father has nowadays two babies.

Birds of Prey Show

We then moved on to the park’s star attraction. A demonstration lasting just over 20 minutes (at 12.00 and 16.00) shows a perfect airborne example of these hunters, generally on their own and sometimes in a pair. Throughout the show a Southern Ground Hornbill appeared, along with various eagles of different species (American and Harris eagles), a South American Falcon; a small opportunist falcon that robs food and makes mischief. There were also impressive Marabou Storks, who have featherless heads and are one of the oldest birds together with the Andean Condor and flying vultures. The Vulture, or ‘South American King’, a bird with a featherless head and neck that normally inhabits the humid jungle, was also there.  

We were really hoping to see the Andean Condor, as they are the heaviest flying birds.

When the birds have to nosedive, the trainers play music from Pulp Fiction ‘Pumpkin and Hunny Bunny-Misirilou’. On hearing the music, the birds launch themselves into a nosedive towards the ground where they find their trainer.

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Sometimes the eagles or Condors don’t want to return to the show area…and when this happens the trainers move on to the next activity :). The birds have GPS so that they can fly freely, and the trainers know where they are and can locate them without problems.

We were also able to see the White-Headed and Hooded Vultures fly, that can weigh up to 5 kilos. Storks, Kalua American eagles and cranes passed overhead for most of the show, which the children in the audience loved. In the last part of the show 20 birds appeared flying in at once…it was a real spectacle to behold.

When the show finished we carried on, arriving at the chimpanzee area. These animals are famous for their bad temper and get very annoyed with flash photography. Loud noise or hitting the glass also really irritates them. The territorial mandrills are located nearby in their family group.

Please remember to use your common sense when visiting. The animals in these kind of parks are there so that we can see an animal with these characteristics in person, which would otherwise be impossible. They are not toys for our entertainment, so it’s essential to respect them and to refrain from hitting the glass of their enclosures or from using flash photography when taking photos.

There is a feline area with a black Jaguar (or panther) couple. They are similar to leopards, but leopards have a bigger head. There are two male leopards, and curiously their tail can be the same size as their body. There are also two white lions.

There is a family of porcupines, and one of them is albino.

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Although it is widely believed, porcupines do not expel their spines, when in danger they open them, but they do not shoot them.

Meerkats are funny little dogs from the grasslands that live underground and in packs. There is always one watching out in case a problem arises so it can warn the rest of the group. The park staff gives them food inside a ball, and to get the food to come out they have to roll the ball.

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One of the park’s great achievements is that three babies have been born (given how difficult it is to breed animals in captivity) to Meerkats in the same year. One of the babies in February 2015 was still under 2 months old.

Following the path, and passing through different kinds of vegetation you find the Ring-Tailed Coati enclosures, the pen belonging the two Otters who like to sit inside a tree trunk to keep themselves cool, the Raccoon area and also the Giant Tortoises.

As we carried on we came across a large pit where we could observe various monkeys and a big Orangutan who was relaxing in the sun.

The Emu (from the Ostrich family) is one of the three biggest non-flying birds in the world. You can feed the ones in the park with special food bought on-site.

The Sea Lion Show

Sea lions weigh between 270-300 kilos. In the park there are two males, the biggest one is named Bruno, and 6 females. They come from other parks in the ASPRO group. In the show, the sea lions perform acrobatic stunts, including friendly waves, applauses and conversations.

There is an area of hanging bridges where you can walk around and see different areas of the park from up high. From one of the bridges you can see the Cayman (Alligator), whose head has a ‘V’ shape. In the far South West of the park you can find the ‘Bob’, a spectacular slope which you can slide down and enjoy the natural environment in an 800 meter slide at high speed.

Purchasing your Jungle Park ticket

Final Comments from the Authors

Jungle Park is a highly recommendable activity for families, adults and young people. Different aspects of the park, such as the relaxed atmosphere and the staff who are dedicated to detailed and great service, the respect that they have towards the animals, the gentle and comfortable climate of the area and the interactive activities are factors that lead us to this conclusion.

We got the impression that our little one was amazed by the different shows and particularly loved the Sea Lions, but each to their own…it’s a whole little world and everyone will have their own favourite animal after visiting this beautiful garden which is unlike any other in Europe.

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