İzmir Wild Life Park
by Meral Üstün
İzmir Wild Life Park (İzmir Doğal Yaşam Parkı) established by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality lies on 425,000 sq.mt land in Çiğli Salalı and was opened in November 2008.
65,000 trees were planted in the Wild Life Park and there are observation towers and paths for visitors enabling them to watch the animals in their natural environment. A pond of 8,450 sq.mt. at the entrance of the park provides a nesting place for many kinds of waterfowl such as flamingos, swans, and ducks. Vast netted aerial spaces have been created to allow the wild birds fly easily. The park also hosts a large closed area for tropical animals with air conditioning and special flora. If you are bothered by heat and humidity we suggest you do not visit this section. There are 1,500 free-roaming animals representing 120 species including elephants, reptiles, predators and monkeys.
Grounds with stables and coops, plus a manège where children can ride horses, are also among the facilities of the park. The animals are not kept in cages; instead they roam around in their natural environment separated from the visitors with barriers such as water and ditches.
Municipality buses numbered 777 take nature lovers from Karşıyaka- Bostanlı Pier to the Park; car parking lot at the entrance is free of charge.
Izmir Wild Life Park can be visited workdays: 09:00 – 18:30, weekend : 09:00-19:30 including religious holidays.
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