Fundación Temaikèn is a different, exciting, and educational day trip that I highly recommend to those looking to do something outside of the normal tourist hotspots. The park is in Escobar, about 40 minutes to an hour away from the center of Buenos Aires. Spend a few hours walking around the habitats, check out the aquarium, watch scheduled feedings of the animals, take pictures with the birds or take a break and eat ice cream inside the beautifully landscaped and tranquil park. It is smaller than a normal zoo but the spaces are much more open. I suggest going on a cool(er) day to avoid the heat and bet that the animals aren´t resting all day in the shade!
What types of animals are there? The most interesting animals to me were the white tigers, cheetahs, meerkats, hippopotamus, kangaroo, and antelope. Temaikèn´s focus is on local biodiversity and animals native to Argentina. Because this is a biopark and not a zoo, you might not find the big, attention-grabbing animals such as elephants, giraffes, and lions. Another cool thing to look for is habitats placed next to each other by location—the Patagonia section was my favorite!
How is the biopark different than the Buenos Aires Zoo? While the Buenos Aires Zoo is a well-liked attraction of Buenos Aires, the goal of Fundación Temaikèn is to rehabilitate endangered species and animals that have been saved from illegal trafficking. There, the animals are rehabilitated or bred until the end goal is reached and they are released back into the wild.
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