The opening of the first marine tropical aquarium in Spain took place Madrid Zoo, in 1995. This event was very important as regards spaces dedicated to the exhibition and dissemination of knowledge about animal diversity in our country; moreover, it entailed a great change in the institution, which was renamed Madrid Zoo Aquarium. The facility, which shows more than thirty aquaria, contributed greatly to enriching the zoological content of the zoo, which would be finished with spaces as the Dolphinarium and Aviary. The aquarium is an interesting glass pyramid that is clearly visible from other areas of the park, and consists of two floors occupying 2,000 square meters in total. The two large tunnels are very spectacular, over 18 metres long, are visible to the visitors as soon as they enter.
The diversity of the species at Madrid Aquarium contributes to the general public being able to learn about exotic specimens which keeps them in absolute “anonymity”. This is true of the knife fish, which came here to share their home with a close cousin, the long-snouted seahorse, and is an expert at camouflaging her among the marine plants. hawksbill sea turtle and loggerhead sea turtles, or the long-lived green turtle (from Central America and the Caribbean) are animal families that can be seen in the aquarium. Or XXL fish size, such as the giant grouper, an Asian species whose current status is vulnerable.
The Aquarium offers you the chance to make a comprehensive journey to the depths of the world’s oceans, with the descent into the coral reef being an unmissable stop. Sandy beds, submarine plains and even caves show some of the mysteries of life at the bottom of the sea. As many as 330 species, mainly fish and marine invertebrates, live in the water pyramid. You can book your tickets online in advance to enjoy Madrid Zoo to the Aquarium full and also get discounts on the menus at the Casa de Campo park.
If there is an animal that fascinates and terrifies human beings at the same time, it is the shark. Thus, the aquarium reserve for this species tank to delight the public; sandbar sharks (whose first calves were born in captivity in 2002, within the enclosure), or the bull shark, who lacks a swimming bladder, but swallows air to fill its stomach and use it as a hydrostatic organ. Other species that you can see at the aquarium are fish such as the the butterfly chevron Philippines, the fish knife, the Clownfish, the Raya Real Fish Graffiti or the grandmother.
The institution participates in projects related to animal conservation, such European Shark Week, which has been held since 2007; or in campaigns such as the No let raze the deep sea”, promoted by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and Pew Charitable Trusts, whose aim is to protect marine biodiversity from aggressive deep-sea fishing.