This weekend we revisited the wolf park in Antequerra, Malaga. Our last visit was over five years ago when the children were very young.That visit was cut short as the heavens opened and the torrential rain fell for hours, making visibility almost impossible, especially with a baby buggy! This time, even the weather was on our side and a great time was had by all.
On our way to the wolf park we passed by the historical town of Antequerra and ensured we had time to stop off and enjoy a typical breakfast from this region …
The grounds of the wolf park and the surrounding countryside are simply stunning. The staff are very passionate about all the animals and the way they talk about them demonstrates this. The talks and explanations given throughout the visit highlighted the ethos and mission behind the foundation of this centre.
The idea behind the Lobo Park:
Since the beginning the main focus of the work in the Lobo Park has been the research of the social behaviour. This area has been treated either with very little attention or to a certain extent very amateurish. The fact is that it is very difficult to observe wolves in the wild over time leads to the consequence that most studies on wolves and their behaviourism are done with wolves in captivity. The way wolves have been and are still being kept in captivity de-socializes the animal to a great extent. All well known ethologist went too far in the way they keep the animals and “domesticated” them more than it would have been good for research and for the animals.
The “domesticated” wolf shows his natural behaviour only very fragmented, wherefore it is completely absurd to even study these animals. This is similar to doing research on patients in a closed department of a psychiatric institution. The obtained findings are hardly useful for a transfer to the whole of humanity.
The wolves in Lobo Park are to a great extent being hand reared to take away the innate shyness of people. However we never interfere in their natural behaviour. The enclosures are very spacious (25.000m² – 35.000m² each) to ensure enough privacy for them. The animals’ show no stress behaviour and no human will interfere falsely or be dominant to these animals.
Since several years we allow scientists biologists, zoologists and ethologist to optimize their research in our park.
Our visit started off at the Petting Zoo …
Petting Zoo … Have fun while you are learning and experiencing!
Our Petting Zoo is an interactive area where kids as well as adults can feed and also pet some of our friendliest animals.
It was especially set in place for our visitors to get closer to animals and nature. The Petting Zoo will show you animals that share our daily lives, from companion animals and livestock to the wildlife of Spain.
Where does the milk and cheese come from? How does a fox live? How many eggs does a chicken lay? And how does the wool of a sheep turn into a sweater?
These questions as well as many others will be answered in an interesting and simple way.
Take your time for this area – kids and as well as adults will have a lot to see and to experience!
Next it was the Guided Wolf Tour …
Guided Wolf Tour
The guided tour (Spanish and English) with a wolf expert takes place several times daily. Here you have the possibility to learn more about these fascinating animals and get an impression of the complex pack structure of the wolves.The path features observation platforms, where visitors can enjoy a clear view and come into close contact with the animals. Your questions will be gladly answered.
A highlight is naturally the feeding, which is always an occasion the wolves look forward to and impresses visitors again and again.
It is important to understand that almost all wolves that you observe in the Lobo Park were raised with the bottle by the owners. This is necessary, in order to take to the wolf’s instinctive shyness of humans and ensure the possibility for stress-free observation by visitors. Since the wolves are accustomed to humans, they are not disturbed visitors and offer outstanding study possibilities of their social behaviour.
The wolves in the Lobo Park are socialized but NOT domesticated or trained.
No human interferes with the social development of the pack therefore one can observe the natural behaviour in the enclosures. The enclosures, in which the wolves live, are generously laid out and integrate outstandingly into the existing topography. The animals have more than sufficient space for play, hunt and relaxation. Sunny spots alternate with shady places under the numerous stone oaks. Each enclosure has a natural pool with water cascades in which the wolves can take refreshing baths. – One can become quite envious.
You reach the enclosures by a path, which leads you not only to the different enclosures but also to the individual platforms that offer you an excellent view of the wolves.
You are almost lulled into a false sense of security by these beautiful animals. However, once the natural pack instincts kick in, you are soon reminded how wild they really are …
Guided Wolf Tours Timetable:
Monday to Sunday (incl. bank holidays):
11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 16:30
Special guided tours for groups, students and instructors are also offered at request.
FAMILY IN SPAIN TIP: You cannot visit the Lobo Park by yourself. You must attend a tour. Plan your arrival time based on the tour you wish to attend. Arriving too early will mean young children are impatient and agitated before your tour begins!
Since the Lobo Park is a private initiative it is also dependant on its income through visitors and their support. You can help the park by becoming a patron of one of the wolves.
The Adopt-A-Wolf Program enables wolf lovers to make more substantial contributions to the preservation of our wolves. You can adopt any of the wolves per year for 80€ or 120 € for each wolf.
How to get there:
LOBO PARK, S.L.
Ctra. Antequera-Álora (A343), 16 km
Apartado de correos 244
29200 Antequera, Spain
Tel. +34 952 03 11 07
GPS coordinates: GPS: 36.986822, -4.622471
Open all year round from 10:00 – 18:00
(Closed on all Wednesdays, December 25th and January 1st)
Guided wolf tours:
Monday to Sunday and public holidays:
11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 16:30
Prices for the guided wolf tour:
Children (3-12 years) 7,00€
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